Early education - being two in Slough

When a child turns two in Slough they may be able to go to an early years provider for free if their family has a low household income.

Children can have fun playing and learning for up to 15 hours a week in a variety of settings that include children’s centres, nurseries or at a childminder’s home.

When a child starts their education early in this way, it improves their chance to do well all the way through their school career.

Families can contact Slough Early Years Service on 01753 476554 for more information, or text INFO and their name and address to 81025.

After a child turns two they will be invited to a development review with a health visitor. This meeting will help to make sure the child is developing well and has access to any additional services needed.

If parents want advice or support they can contact their local children’s centre or the health visiting team on 01753 373464. 

Three and four year olds

All three and four year olds are entitled to a free early learning place for up to 15 hours per week in the term after they turn three.

Some three and four year olds may be entitled to 30 hours per week of free early learning.

Parent champions

If you have an interest in helping other parents understand their entitlement you could become a parent champion.

As a parent champion you would encourage eligible parents to consider using their free early education place in the setting of their choice. Research tells us that the children who start their education early in this way benefit throughout their school career.

The Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education Project, EPPSE, published in 2014, shows the benefits of accessing an early learning place continue all the way through a child’s school career. The EPPSE report outlined how children who attended early years provision achieved more and higher GCSE grades than their peers who started school aged five.

For more details about free early education places please contact Slough Early Years Service on 01753 476554. Or text INFO and your name and address to 81025.

For details of eligibility visit the Childcare Choices website

Top tips for talking  

Your baby (0-18 months) will like it if you copy their sounds and actions!

Don’t forget to pause and wait for your baby to make a sound or say a word before you speak or act again. You may have to wait for up to 10 seconds before your baby responds but then you are having a conversation!

Young children (18-36 months) like it when you talk together about what you see and do, at home and when out and about. Try to make comments rather than ask questions and listen carefully to the things your child says and asks about. Children at this stage of development can learn new words every day so add some new and interesting vocabulary to your talk.

Top tips for reading 

Stories stimulate your child’s imagination and teach them about the world, themselves and others. Get comfy together and let your child hold the book if they can. Talk about the characters in the story and look for interesting details in the pictures. As you and your child comment on these details you will be telling the story together. There is no need to rush and if your child just wants to look at one page that’s fun too.

Useful dates for parents

National Poetry Day – 4 October

World Smile Day – 5 October

Make a Difference Day – 24 October

National Anti-Bullying Week – 12 to 16 November

National Road Safety Week – 19 to 25 November

Human Rights Day – 10 December


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