Parents can check for education funding
PARENTS in Dorset can go online to find out if their child qualifies for free early education.
Dorset County Council has introduced an online tool, designed to allow families to check if funding is available for their two-year-olds.
Currently all three and four-year-olds are entitled to 15 hours of early education per week during term time, to help prepare them for school.
Councillor Toni Coombs, cabinet member for education, said: "I believe the early years of a child's education are the most important. Many families are now appreciating this additional support with their toddler's development, which will ultimately help their child get the most out of their education when they start school.
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"It could also give parents the chance to spend a bit more time with younger children, take up a college course or go back to work.
"We have a duty to make sure that children across Dorset have access to good quality early years education."
Dorset County Council has said that 500 children aged two are now benefiting from this scheme.
Children aged two whose family receive certain benefits or have a household income below £16,190 could be entitled to free education through a nursery, pre-school or childminder.
Parents can check if their child is eligible for funding by visiting www.dorsetforyou.com/agedtwo/apply. More information is available from Dorset County Council's Family Information Service by emailing email@example.com or by calling 01305 221066.