Free 30 hours childcare

Six children in high vis jackets, sitting in front of a green rangouli hand street sculture with firth park roundabout behind.

Story and photos by Sharon Curtis and Abtisam Mohammed

Ellesmere Children’s Centre and Fir Vale pre-school are excited to announce that we will be rolling out the new Government initiative for 30 hours of free early learning for three and four year olds in September.

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Both centres are part of a consortium that has been shortlisted by the Department of Education for funding to expand in order to allow working parents to take advantage of the scheme.

Local parent Nazia Begum said:

“I work full time and have always struggled to pay childcare fees. 30 hours free early learning is a blessing for me as it will allow me to work.”

The consortium works in partnership to offer places to children across deprived areas, develops strong working
practices in ‘Early Years’ and provides support for children with special educational needs.

Both Ellesmere Children’s Centre and Fir Vale Preschool will be launching their new provisions in September and have already started collecting a waiting list of eligible children.

To check if your child will be eligible, please check the Government guidelines at

If you would like to register your child call Ellesmere Children’s Centre on 0114 281 2143 or Fir Vale Preschool on 0114 251 8909.

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