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Nick Clegg encourages Kent parents to take up free childcare

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has encouraged parents of toddlers in Kent to check if they can get free childcare.

From September 2013, 15 hours of free childcare a week will be made available to 3,100 2-year-olds from lower income backgrounds across the county.

The Deputy Prime Minister visited the Bright Beginnings Nursery, Gravesend, today to meet parents, staff and children, and talked about the impact of quality childcare:

High quality early learning can make a huge difference to children at the start of their lives. By getting things right from the off, they are much more likely to be ready when they start school.

I want to make sure no child in Kent loses out, which is why 3,100 2-year-olds in the county will be eligible for free childcare starting this September.

Parents can contact their local council or local nursery provider to find out if their 2-year-old is eligible. Places will first go to children from families eligible for free school meals and those looked after by their local council.

Read more about the government’s family-friendly policies.

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