Following a pilot scheme in 2006, which trialled
free educational funding on more than 13,000 disadvantaged two year olds, since
the rollout in 2013there
are now more eligible children (160,000 as of January 2017) 68% (2016) ,71
%(2017) accessing high quality education.Recent statistics show an
increase in two year olds accessing provisions in schools in January
2017,there were 11 per cent of two-year-olds in nursery schools and classes, up
from 3 per cent in 2014 (DfE).The funding available at Ofsted registered
childcare settings which are rated good or outstanding for families that are
deemed disadvantaged. Moreover, by helping children who would not normally have
access to high quality education at an early age, there is an impact upon the social
and cognitive out-comes of the child, which is said to create a positive impact
upon the families lives, well-being and parent –child relationships.
two year old free educational hours also links to other benefits such as:
Every Child a Talker (ECaT)
Child Pathway programme.
Narrowing the gap (2007)
the gap in outcomes (Early Years 0-5)
Child Poverty strategy2014-2017 , following the 2010 Child Poverty Act
child can have up to 570 hours in a year. Most commonly it is either 15 hours a
week for 38 weeks, or 12 hours a week spread over 50 weeks.
entitlement may change to be beneficial to more two year olds, following
a consultation which began 4 December 2017. Under the new
proposals, the government is looking to extend the current offer to benefit
around 8000 more disadvantaged two year olds,the proposals outlined in the
consultation include introducing a new threshold of net earnings for families
of £15,400 per year.
The government understands the importance of expanding access to
high quality education is essential, to give every child the best start in life
and are investing £6 billion by 2020