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Reminder: less than 2 weeks until the extension to funded early education for 2-year-olds

From 1 September the funding for free childcare for disadvantaged 2-year-olds will double. This means local authorities can fund childcare providers that are rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted to deliver free early education places.

Funded places can be offered by nurseries, children’s centres, some playgroups and childminders.

If you're a childminder in particular, we understand that you may well be concerned about applying for this funding because of the challenges of low fees that some local authorities pay providers to deliver these places.

That’s why we’re doing everything we can to address this issue with national and local Government. Did you see our report from our recent survey that we’re shouting about?

We want to give you all the information you need if you decide to apply for funding. Check out our guide packed full of useful resources and answering frequently asked questions.

To highlight the extension, The Department of Education advertising campaign is launching next week. There will be a targeted marketing campaign to increase awareness. From billboards to radio advertisements - you’ll see it popping up all over the place, directing parents to for further information. If you know a family that would be interested you can access the factsheets here.

It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the information and if you’d like to get involved and apply for funding, contact your local authority and read more here.