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Dec 18 2013

Harrow childcare take-up “best in London”

harrow_council_logoHarrow has topped a league table for councils offering state-funded childcare to low-income families.

Harrow provides free childcare to 9 out of every 10 eligible two-year-olds – the highest take-up rate of any borough in London, according to research by children’s service consultancy Hempsall’s.

Uptake in Harrow continues to grow. In the two months since the research data was collected, Harrow has signed up another 50 children to the service.

Harrow Council Leader, Cllr Susan Hall said: “We are proud to say that we are providing high quality, free childcare to almost every two-year-old who is entitled to it. Early-years childcare for low-income families is central to our vision of a fairer Harrow – supporting children’s development, and enabling parents to access training and employment.”

Harrow offers 48 settings for government-funded early-years childcare, distributed across the borough. Each is fully audited with a quality guarantee.

If you think your child might be eligible, please call Harrow’s Family Information Service on 0208 901 2690, and select option 1.

Data was collected voluntarily from London Authorities and the Department of Work and Pensions by children’s service consultancy Hempsall’s and only includes Authorities willing to share data.

According to the Department of Work and Pensions data, in September 2013 Harrow had 371 2-year-old children eligible for government-funded early-years childcare. At that date, 331 children were taking up the offer, a ratio of 89%. That ratio is the highest in London.

As of December 2013, Harrow Children’s Services is offering government-funded early-years childcare to 380 2-year-old children.

All 2-year-old children living in very-low-income families are eligible for government-funded early-years childcare. To qualify, your family must be in receipt of one of the following benefits: Income Support; Income Based Jobseekers’ Allowance; Child Tax Credit at a rate higher than the family element; or Extra Working Tax Credit related to a disability or pension credit.

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