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Tower Hamlets Council has ensured that thousands of free childcare places are available for two-year-olds during September’s intake, and that child-minders across the borough are assessed by Ofsted to ensure care is of the highest possible quality.
Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said: “Childcare can be incredibly expensive, particularly in the capital, that’s why we are proud to offer free childcare places for those who need it most. I really encourage all parents of two-year-olds to find out if they qualify, it’s really simple and can make a world of difference for both parent and child.”
Councillor Amy Whitelock-Gibbs, Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services added: “The free childcare scheme is great for children and can also give parents the opportunity to invest in themselves – perhaps to attend a course to develop skills or enjoy a new interest, or to spend additional time with other children in a family.”
The council has worked in partnership with developers, charities and housing providers to meet high demand for childcare provision in the borough.
Toddlers could be entitled to 15 hours a week of free childcare if parents are on a low income, if the child has additional needs or if the child is looked after by the council.
Residents can find out if their child is eligible for a free place by going to www.myearlylearning.co.uk or by calling the Family Information Service on 020 7364 6495.
Information on what childcare is available in the borough can be found at www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/