Scores of eligible 2 year olds in Wolverhampton are missing out on free childcare places
– because their parents or carers haven’t signed up for it.
Some 1,875 2 year olds in the city are eligible for up to 15 hours free childcare a week, and so far there are around 1,000 children taking advantage of their free places.
All 3 and 4 year olds in Wolverhampton are eligible for up to 15 hours per week of free nursery education, regardless of whether or not their parents are in receipt of benefits.
Under the Department for Education scheme, 2 year olds are eligible for free childcare if their parents are in receipt of certain benefits, including income support, income related Employment and Support Allowance or Jobseeksers Allowance, Child Tax or Working Tax Credits and disability living allowance.
If a child is eligible, parents can start claiming free 15 hours of childcare once they turn 2.What you are allowed can be a bit confusing; have a look at the information below and if you like we can discuss it with you and help it make sense if it seems a bit double Dutch.