Free early education will be extended to 140,000 disadvantaged two-year- olds, and parents will be able to access the free entitlement more flexibly, under plans published by the Government on Friday.
In Haringey around 1,000 two-year olds are expected to benefit from the proposals.
Liberal Democrat Children’s Minister, Sarah Teather, announced a consultation on Friday on how this commitment will be implemented. The plans include proposals to help parents and children alike by making the free entitlement of 15 hours per week of early education more flexible, so it can be taken between 7am and 7pm across two days instead of the current three days.
Commenting, Lynne Featherstone MP said:
“Helping 1,000 two-year-old children from the poorest backgrounds with early education in Haringey will benefit them for years to come.
“Improving social mobility is a Liberal Democrat priority in Government and early years education is crucial to achieve this.
“We want us to give every child the best possible start – so free education for toddlers from the most disadvantaged homes will now be a right and not a privilege.
“Crucially the extra care will be flexible and easy to access. Parents across the country are bending over backwards to balance work and home. The Coalition wants to help in whatever way we can.”
Children’s spokesperson Councillor Katherine Reece adds:
“High quality early education is key to making a difference early in a child’s life and to help make Britain a fairer and more equal society.
“Targetting early education at those who stand to benefit most is crucial in achieving this goal. Disadvantaged children’s healthy development will be greatly benefitted by this initiative. This should help them from falling behind before they have even started primary school.”