PARENTS of toddlers in Rotherham are being urged to check out whether they're eligible for free childcare.
More than 1,500 two-year-olds in Rotherham became eligible last month for up to 15 hours of free childcare a week at a playgroup, day nursery, children's centre or with a childminder as part of a national initiative.
Parents, who earn no more than £16,190 a year and receive Working Tax Credits, Child Tax Credit, Income Support and some other benefits, could be eligible for a free childcare place.
Children in receipt of Disability Living Allowance, those who have been adopted or with a residency/special guardianship order and those looked after by the borough council will also qualify for a place.
The free places are available to children who are aged two and whose parents fulfil the criteria.
Places can be taken up the term after the child’s second birthday.
Parents can apply on line at www.rotherham.gov.uk/earlyyears or to find out more call the Families Information Service on 0800 0730230 or 01709 822429.