PICTURE: Clegg's childcare pledge for Kent children

Nick Clegg reads to children at the Bright Beginnings Nursery, Gravesend. Credit: John Ryall

Nick Clegg is in Kent today encouraging parents of toddlers to check if they can get free childcare.

From this September, the Government says 15 hours of free childcare a week will be made available to 3,100 two year olds from lower income backgrounds across the county.

The Deputy Prime Minister met parents, staff and children at the Bright Beginnings Nursery, Gravesend.

He said: “High quality early learning can make a huge difference to children at the start of their lives. By getting things right from the off, they are much more likely to be ready when they start school.

“I want to make sure no child in Kent loses out. I’m determined to help parents with young children and this is just a part of a wide range of measures, including £1,200 off childcare bills for working families and and allowing parents to share maternity leave for the first time from 2015.”

Parents can find out if their child is eligible by contacting either their local nursery provider or their local authority.

Places will initially be targeted on children from households which meet the eligibility criteria for Free School Meals and those who are looked after by their local authority.

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