Free childcare offer

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Reference: 
2019/6208
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

How are you supporting early years providers in conjunction with the free childcare offer?

Answer

Free childcare offer

Free childcare offer

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My three Early Years Hubs bring together early years providers to improve access to quality early education for London’s most disadvantaged children. One of their objectives is to increase the number of families accessing quality 2-year-old Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE), and consequently accessing the 3 and 4-year-old FEEE. Hubs were launched in January 2018 and are funded for three years. Already, over 1,000 eligible 2-year-olds have benefitted from the free early education offer through the hubs.

I know that parents across the capital need help to understand what the Government’s free childcare offer is and how they can access it. That’s why I am funding 11 organisations to pilot local creative activities to engage 4,000 parents, raise their awareness of the benefits of early education and connect with local childcare providers. I launched a pan-London early years education marketing and social media campaign in March. This reaches out to parents through Instagram and Facebook and highlights the 15-hours of free early education for 2-year-olds offer.