HUNDREDS more working families in west Cheshire will be eligible for free childcare for their two-year-olds from September.

A scheme offering up to 15 hours of free childcare a week is being extended to families with a household income of less than £16,190 a year who receive Working Tax Credits.

Clr Mark Stocks, Cheshire West and Chester Council's (CWAC) executive member for children and families, said: “This is great news for parents and carers on low incomes in Cheshire west.

“This extension to the scheme for two-year-olds means that hundreds more families in our borough will be eligible for help with childcare costs.

“Families can get a lot out of childcare.

"Not only does the child benefit from interacting with other children and learning through play, it frees up time for busy parents and carers, giving them the opportunity to work or study.

“Families who believe they may qualify for this new funding should contact the council as soon as possible to ensure they don’t miss out.”

The funding, which comes from the Government, can be used with a nursery, pre-school or childminder for up to 15 hours a week during term time or fewer if used all year round.

It is available in the term following a child's second birthday.

Parents and carers are eligible if they receive Universal Credit, Income Support, Income-based Jobseekers Allowance, Income-related employment and support allowance, the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit, Child Tax Credit and earn £16,190 or less per year, support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 or Working Tax Credit and earn £16,190 or less per year.

They are also eligible if their child receives Disability Living Allowance, has a current Statement of Special Educational Need or an education, health and care plan or has left care through special guardianship or an adoption or residence order.

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