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July 28 2016

Government funded nursery places for two-year-olds are going unused across the city because not enough families know about the scheme.

Government funded nursery places for two-year-olds are going unused across the city because not enough families know about the scheme.

 There are spaces in all of the 22 Mama Bear’s Day Nurseries in the South West, including two near Whiteladies Road, which are open to children eligible for the year-round childcare allowance.

 Kerry Sturmey, regional manager at Mama Bear’s, said: “There are so many funding options available to families to help them with the cost of childcare but they just don’t know about them, which is a real shame.

 “The Stretched Funding scheme is brilliant - not only does it mean parents can spread the funding out across the year, it’s also great for the children who gain from consistent care.”