Free Entitlement Leaflet Consultation

Closed 29 Jan 2016

Opened 8 Jan 2016

Feedback Updated 14 Sep 2016

We Asked

We consulted on key extracts of the “Discover… Free Entitlement (Early Years Provision)” leaflet to take into account your views prior to it being updated. Free Entitlement (FE) provides up to 570 hours per year of free childcare to all 3 and 4 year olds and eligible 2 year olds. The Family Information Service produce this leaflet as a guide for parents and carers. West Sussex Early Years and Childcare providers also use this leaflet to help explain the entitlement.

You Said

We had over 300 responses to the consultation and it was clear parents wanted the leaflet to have more:

  • emphasis on the benefits to their child and research to back-it-up and
  • clarity on how the scheme is administered

We Did

After reviewing all the responses we updated the “Discover… Free Entitlement (Early Years Provision)” leaflet based on your feedback. We also added the following new sections:

  • What are the benefits for my child?
  • What questions should I ask about FE when visiting settings?
  • Is it really free?

Here is an example of one of the new sections:

“What are the benefits for my child?

The work of childhood is play. Children naturally learn by playing, exploring their world, being creative and finding things out. The activities you do at home with your child are key to helping them develop.

In addition, research* has shown that children who also attend a high quality childcare setting enhance their all-round development and are predicted better grades as they progress through school. The longer they attend (in months and years) the greater the advantage they have.

Parents often say their children benefit by:

  • having fun, improving social skills and making new friends, experiencing new activities and learning new things
  • building their confidence and independence
  • encouraging their imagination and creativity
  • developing skills that help them with writing later on
  • learning to share and listen
  • being ready for school

A high quality setting provides a wide range of opportunities for your child to learn as they play.

*Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education [EPPSE] (www.dfes.gov.uk/research)”

 

Please view the updated leaflet here

For further information about FE, please visit our web page www.westsussex.gov.uk/freechildcare

Overview

The “Discover… Free Entitlement (Early Years Provision)” leaflet is produced as a guide for parents and carers by the Family Information Service.  Free Entitlement (FE) provides up to 570 hours per year of free childcare to all 3 and 4 year olds and eligible 2 year olds.  Further information can be found at www.westsussex.gov.uk/freechildcare

Why We Are Consulting

The Family Information Service are reviewing the “Discover… Free Entitlement (Early Years Provision)” leaflet and are consulting on key extracts from it.  The leaflet will be updated based on the feedback provided by this consultation.

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Pregnancy & Maternity
  • Young People
  • Childcare Providers
  • All West Sussex Residents
  • Families
  • Carers
  • Parents

Interests

  • Education
  • Learning
  • Schools
  • Schools Admissions
  • Families
  • Children & Young People
  • Customer Service