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Did you know that some two year olds maybe able to get up to 15 hours of free childcare? This is known as Time for Twos in Dudley.

You can apply for a Time for Twos place for your child as soon as they have had their second birthday.  The free childcare place runs for three terms until your child moves in to their free early education place the term after their third birthday.

Applying

If your child has their second birthday between:

We will continue to offer priority to children who are subject to child protection or child in need plans, if they also meet the mandatory financial criteria.

How much free childcare can my child have?

The government has produced an EE Choice Framework Guide which explains how and where your child can take up their funded two-year-old place. This includes information to help you decide where your child will take up their place and how to make a complaint if you are not offered a choice.  As a minimum, all providers must ensure that they can offer each child a session of at least three hours per day.

To find out which childcare providers are able to offer free childcare places please contact the Family Information Service on 01384 814398/9

If you want further information about free two, three and four-year-old places please contact the Dudley Childcare helpline on 01384 814291.

Benefits of early education

Early education offers so many benefits to children, including developing their social skills like sharing, turn taking and making and playing with friends; this helps children become ready for school. Parents and carers also benefit as it gives them time to themselves, to work, to train or look for work or access training that might lead to work.

If you would like to find out more about the benefits of your two year old attending childcare, please take a look at the following short film kindly produced and shared with us by Wandsworth Council.