Free places for kids

Halifax Town Hall
Halifax Town Hall

Cabinet members agreed to investing hundreds of thousands of pounds to allow free early education for two-year-olds.

They have pledged £354,969 to help children from the poorest families get access to early education which studies show can be beneficial in children’s development.

Lead member for children’s services Coun Megan Swift (Lab, Town) said: “513 children in Calderdale are eligible to begin with. This will increase the number of children from low income families who are in early education.

“Children who attend early education are more likely to be happy and healthy and are more ready to learn by the time they reach school age.

“We need to make sure that free places for two-year-olds does not have an impact on the number of places for older children.”

At the cabinet meeting, at Halifax Town Hall, members also agreed the council’s ongoing strategy for looked after and adopted children.

These measures include working with partnership organisations more effectively to promote better outcomes for these children.