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Lancashire parents encouraged to check eligibility for funded education and childcare places for two-year-olds

Lancashire County Council is encouraging parents to check their eligibility for a range of funded early education and childcare for two-year-old children.

Eligibility depends on individual family circumstances, and those eligible can claim a funded place from the term after their child's second birthday. Any child who turns two by the end of August could also be eligible for a funded place with a local nursery or childminder in September.

Across Lancashire, almost all nurseries and childminders are rated good or outstanding, so families can be confident their child is educated and looked after in a safe, secure environment.

All the local authority's nurseries and childminders are fully inclusive and cater for a range of cultural, dietary, religious and special educational needs.

County Councillor Jayne Rear, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: "This is an excellent opportunity for parents and families to take advantage of the high-quality education and childcare available to their children. Our dedicated teams support children to learn, play and thrive, which prepares them for new experiences like starting school. If parents aren't sure if they qualify, I would strongly recommend using our eligibility checker – you could be missing out!"

Lancashire parents can go to Lancashire County Council's website to view the criteria and check their eligibility for a two-year-old funded place.

Find out more about funded places for two, three & four-year-olds.

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For further advice, contact the Family Information Service on 0300 123 6712 or email: