Thanks to Liberal Democrats in Government, from this week, 130,000 two-year olds from the poorest homes will be eligible for 15 hours of free childcare a week with a nursery or childminder. Liberal Democrats know that the early years make the crucial difference to a child’s chances of reaching their potential and getting on in life. That’s why Nick Clegg has made expanding free early years education a major priority in Government. The Government is investing more than £500m into childcare this year and £100m through local authorities to create new places to ensure those children eligible right now can benefit from these places. Next year the Government will be investing £760m to help an additional 130,000 two-year-olds in families on less than £16,190 a year who receive working tax credits. Mark A Williams, Chairperson of Chester Liberal Democrats said: “I think we all welcome this opportunity for those that need it and it further helps us to build a fairer society enabling every person to get on in life”

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