Affordable Childcare

Parents in Eddisbury are being urged to make sure that they take advantage of free early education for their children.

The call comes from Antoinette Sandbach the Conservative parliamentary candidate for the constituency.

Ms Sandbach, a long time campaigner for more funds to help working people afford childcare wants parents to be aware of the services on offer in their area.

A report supplied by the Family and Childcare Trust shows that Eddisbury has 4,500 children aged between 0-4 years.

In Cheshire East out of the 1,269 two year olds who were eligible for free early education in September 2014 only 58 % had taken advantage of this in November 2014

In Cheshire West and Chester 1,343 two year olds were eligible and again there was only a take up of 58%.

Ms Sandbach said: "The regional average is 64% and national average is 60% and it seems a shame that parents are not taking advantage of this free service provided by the Conservative run local authority.

"According to the report there is almost universal take up of free early education for three years olds so I am quite surprised at the lack of numbers for two year olds.

"The Conservative led UK Government has always been keen to promote education for young children in England and help with childcare and it is great to see that two year olds have the opportunity of free early education."

Ms Sandbach is also supporting the Family and Childcare Trust who want a review so that all parts of the UK will have a childcare system which works for everyone

The UK Government spends approximately £6 billion a year on childcare which includes £1.7 billion on tax credits and universal credits and £1 billion on tax-free childcare schemes.