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Dudley is a national leader for childcare scheme

Hundreds of local families have signed up to receive 30 hours free childcare for their three and four year olds, putting Dudley in the top 10 per cent of local authorities in the country.

The national scheme was launched in September and in just one month hundreds of working parents have signed up to enable them to continue to work or increase their working hours and give their children vital social skills by interacting with other youngsters.

The implementation of the scheme in each local authority has been monitored and assessed by the DfE in 14 categories and in every area Dudley has exceeded both national and regional averages.

Councillor Anne Millward, cabinet member for children’s services, said:

“Hundreds of working families have signed up to this scheme which is fantastic to see.

“The scheme itself allows people to continue working but still have the same commitment to their families, particularly around the important development stages for children aged three and four.

The fact that we are one of the national leaders shows that we are doing things right in Dudley placing emphasis on both work and family life.”

Parents currently accessing the 30 hours entitlement should expect an email or text message from HMRC reminding them to revalidate their codes in time for January 2018. Those who want to access the entitlement from January 2018 should make an application by December 31 through www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

News Release Contact Information

Charley Burke - Communications - charley.burke@dudley.gov.uk