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Record number of children receive FREE early years education in MK

A record number of families are accessing funding for FREE early years education in Milton Keynes.

According to the latest census data, 81% of eligible two-year-olds have taken up a place at an approved pre-school, nursery, or childminder, compared to 74% nationwide.

Known as ‘Time for Twos’ and promoted locally by Milton Keynes City Council, the scheme gives parents in receipt of benefits such as income support up to 15 hours of free childcare per week, for a maximum of 38 weeks per year.

Parents of children with a current Statement of Special Educational Need (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), are also eligible to receive funded places.

All parents need to do is visit and access the parent portal. Following a simple registration process, parents are notified of eligibility within minutes.

“It’s so important that we continue to promote Time for Twos and access to free early years education. We’ve been working hard in Milton Keynes to ensure that eligible families are aware of the support available. We know that young children really benefit from the extra socialising and education, and this has a positive impact on their development as they move into school. This scheme also helps some parents who may be finding it difficult to balance childcare with opportunities to work.” - Cllr Zoe Nolan, Cabinet Member for Children and Families

Parents may also be eligible for tax credits, tax free childcare or universal credits. Find out more, including how to access Time for Twos at


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