Some families can get up to 15 hours free early years learning for their two year olds with a day nursery, childminder, play group or Childrens’ Centre. The children learn to make friends and gain confidence that helps them get ready for school.
Families getting tax credits, benefits and special needs may be eligible. Check on page 25 here.
Use the Families Information Service (FIS) to find early years & childcare to suit the needs of your family:
In the West Norwood area free 2 year old places are offered at: Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery, Abacus Early Learning Nursery, Chapel House Day Nursery, Bright Horizons Day Nursery & Preschool, Ana-Bela’s Day Nursery and local childminders.
All children aged 3 to 4 are eligible for 15 hours free early up to 38 weeks a year until they start the reception year at primary school.
The trustees of Little Starz nursery have announced they will close their West Norwood & Kennington sites on Friday 27th September 2013 .
The council has withdrawn funding for the free 15 hours per week early learning time for three and four year olds following OFSTED childcare inspections at both the Kennington and the Norwood sites where the judgements were ’inadequate’. The council has an obligation to stop funding ‘inadequate’ childcare providers.
Parents have received a list of vacancies at nurseries in the area and the local Families Information Service (FIS) will speak to parents individually about alternative childcare – e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone FIS on 0845 601 5317.
Lambeth Council supports a wide range of high quality childcare providers in the borough and prioritises the safeguarding of the welfare of the children. The coalition government tried to water down childcare staffing standards set by the Labour government but was forced to make a U-turn after pressure from families and childcare providers.