Following the launch of the Government's 30 hours free childcare offer for working parents on 1st September, parents have been speaking of the positive impact this is having on their lives.
In recent feedback gathered by West Sussex County Council, one local parent said: “The funding has taken a lot of stress and worry away. Without this my children would not be able to go to nursery and experience time in a different environment, learning to be independent.”
Parents of eligible three and four year olds, who have registered a place on the scheme, could save around £5,000 per year per child. There have already been thousands of families across the country who have joined the scheme which aims to help balance jobs and family lives.
Stephen Hillier, County Council Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “We know from experience that the cost of childcare has often been a barrier allowing parents to continue or return to the workplace.
"The 30 hours free childcare scheme really supports families to get a positive work-life balance whilst the children build good social skills and have a wide range of opportunities to learn as they play.
"For childcare starting in January, parents must check if they are eligible before the end of December and we’d encourage all eligible families to look into the scheme to help make an informed choice about how this could benefit them.”
To find out more about 30 hours free childcare, visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/childcarecosts.