Information roadshows at Epworth and Keadby

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Young families across the Isle are invited to information events to learn more about free childcare places.

It will be available from September 2013 for early years education and around 20 per cent of two-year-olds in North Lincolnshire will be able to access it, however this will be extended further in 2014 to 40 per cent.

To find out more about the funding available, Isle mums and dads can attend two information events to see if your child is eligible.

They will be held on Wednesday, August 21, at Epworth Children’s Centre from 10am to noon and Keadby Children’s Centre from 1.30pm to 3pm.

There will be staff on hand to help with completing the application forms.

Those attending should bring their National Insurance number to complete the form and check your eligibility.

Councillor Rob Waltham, cabinet member for people at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Extending the early education funding to two-year-olds is fantastic as it means children will be able to receive high quality support from an earlier age – giving them the best start in life.

“It is an excellent opportunity for children to learn while having fun and making friends in high quality early years settings.

“It will provide both educational and social benefits. The childcare will be provided in settings that have been rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Oftsed.

“This will ensure that children in North Lincolnshire receive the best childcare possible.”

Children become eligible for the funding the school term after their second birthday. If they are eligible, each child will be entitled to 15 hours free childcare each week during school term time.

To qualify from September 2013, families must meet the eligibility criteria. The criteria will be extended in 2014 to support more families.

For more information about the eligibility criteria and the funding, visit the early years pages on the council’s website or call the Family Information Service on 01724 296629.