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30 hours free childcare scheme begins this week

The 30 hours’ childcare offer will be made available nationally in September 2017 Credit: PA

Hundreds of parents will be able to benefit this week as the new 30 hours’ free childcare scheme begins in Staffordshire.

The county council has 415 places of 30 hours’ free childcare for three and four-year-olds after the authority successfully bid earlier this year to host one of eight national trial schemes.

Thanks to our success in attracting the trial a year before it’s unveiled in the rest of the country, this initiative will make a real difference to hundreds of families.

It will help them find extra work, or if they already work full time it will put money in their pockets.”

– Ben Adams, Staffordshire County Council

More information about the scheme is available from www.staffordshire.gov.uk/30hour

Man and woman have lucky escape after car flips onto roof

Both patients were taken to hospital for treatment. Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

A man and woman were lucky to escape serious injury this morning when their car landed on its roof after a collision.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the scene at Stafford Road in Cannock at 11.55am this morning.

A spokesperson said the car had come to rest on its roof after colliding with the central reservation and no other vehicles were involved.

There were two patients, one of whom, an elderly woman, had already been moved out of the vehicle and to safety by the fire service. Crews then worked closely with the fire service to assist the driver, an elderly man, out of the vehicle.

He was treated for cuts to his head but thankfully remained fully conscious throughout. The woman was treated for a minor chest injury before both patients were taken to New Cross Hospital on land ambulances.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service Spokesman

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