Free childcare gets approval from mums

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FAMILIES have been praising a new scheme which gives them 15 hours of free childcare.

Parents receiving free childcare from Portsmouth City Council have said it’s made family life much happier and urge others not to miss out.

Families who receive certain benefits can claim up to 15 hours of free childcare for two-year-olds and more people are encouraged to find out if they qualify.

Sonia Smith, 29, mum of Keira, aged two, Jade, aged three and Georgia, aged eight, said: ‘Keira used to be really clingy before starting nursery.

‘I was worried how she’d settle in, but it’s been great.

‘She’s really confident and her speech has improved, which has helped her hearing difficulties.

‘It’s made a real difference for us, so other parents should find out if they benefit too.’

The free childcare will fund a nursery place for 38 weeks.

Gerald Vernon-Jackson, leader of the council, said: ‘Free childcare has already shown to make a huge difference to families.

‘Any parent who thinks their child might qualify should get in touch to find out more.’

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