20% of 2-year-olds from some of the poorest families are now eligible for free childcare – this number will double next year.

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The Deputy Prime Minister has announced how free childcare for 2-year-olds is being doubled so that 40% of families will benefit from Britain becoming a place fit for modern working families. Read ‘Making Britain fit for modern families: speech by Nick Clegg’.From today, 130,000 2-year-olds from some of the poorest families are eligible for free childcare, based on whether their family qualifies for free school meals or whether they are looked after by the local authority. That is 20% of 2-year-olds. Read more…

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