The Government has today announced additional funding to provide free early years education to two-year olds across England.

From today, 130,000 two-year olds from the poorest homes will be eligible for 15 hours of free childcare a week with a nursery or childminder. That includes support for 448 2-year olds in Reading.

The Government is investing more than £500 million into childcare this year and £100 million through local authorities to create new places to ensure those children eligible right now can benefit from these places.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

“From today, if you’re a parent on a low income with a two year old in the family your child will qualify for 15 hours a week of free early years’ education.

“These funded places are focused on helping the families that need them most.”

Next year the Government will be investing £760m to help an additional 130,000 two-year-olds in families on less than £16,190 a year who receive working tax credits. This will reach 352 extra 2-year olds in Reading.

Commenting Cllr Meri O’Connell (Lib Dem Education Spokesperson) said:

“This is a welcome announcement for hard-pressed families in Reading”

“This extra support for low income families in our town is a real Liberal Democrat achievement.”

“Early education helps promote a child’s physical, emotional and social development.”