Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has stressed the ‘importance’ of Sheffield Council encouraging parents to take up free childcare places.
The Sheffield Hallam MP spoke after a report showed just over half of the places for toddlers had been used, childcare costs in the city were higher than average and early years’ settings needed improving.
He said: “Some parents are not taking up that opportunity, so it’s really important that the council use the money they’ve been given and work with local partners to ensure that everyone eligible is taking up the places that we have funded.”
The council has said that it raised awareness about how parents can apply, through doctor’s surgeries and other public facilities.
Mr Clegg laid out his party’s plans to extend the 15 hours of free childcare to all two year olds across the country. He said it would ‘save the average family in Sheffield £2,450 a year.’