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Preparing to meet the ‘Terrific Twos’

Published Wednesday, 19 June 2013

From September this year the Government is expanding the number of free early years places for eligible two year olds in the term following their second birthday and Enfield Council is preparing to meet increased demand for places in its Children’s Centres.

The free places are aimed at those children who would be entitled to free school meals and children with special needs – it is Enfield’s ‘Terrific Twos Criteria’.

A public consultation about the provision of free early years’ sessions for two year olds in Enfield’s Children’s Centres, along with its annual satisfaction survey about the centres has just been launched with a closing date 12 July.

Users of Children’s Centres are invited to comment on the changes to services at the centres which will be necessary to meet the expected higher demand for places.

Eligible two year olds receiving their free early years place through an Enfield Children’s Centre will receive up to 12 hours per week of sessions spread across the year.

Other local childcare providers may offer different options for parents. The council is also working with them to expand their number of two year old places.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Children & Young People, said, “This is a great opportunity to give very young children an opportunity to play with other children, make substantial progress with early learning and have some fun.

“It also enables parents seeking work opportunities to take up some training or job interviews. This could be a real family boost.

“However, it does mean that we have to look at other provision in our centres and we will no longer provide any new places for babies and children under two.  We are working with those currently on a Children’s Centre waiting list to find alternative places and local provision.

“As part of the need to provide places for two year olds and due to the increase in child numbers in the borough, we also plan to make changes to our three and four year old services in our Children’s Centres.

“In order to give us the extra places and flexibility we need, the current entitlement to free early years sessions for three and four year olds will be altered to match that being offered to two year olds.”



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