PARENTS who have a two-year-old child and want to return to work or retrain can take advantage of 15 hours free childcare.
Staffordshire County Council launched the Think 2 free childcare scheme in September last year and it has been so successful it plans to extend it to more people.
Parents who receive Working Tax Credits will now also be entitled to free places, as well as parents meeting the benefits criteria for free school meal eligibility with a household income of under £16,190.
The free 15 hours childcare is provided by nurseries, child minders or pre-schools and is available across the county either during school term time over 38 weeks, or spread over the year.
The places are available for eligible children on the term following their second birthday.
Applications can be made at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/think2. People can also call 0300 111 8007. Eligible parents will receive a list of suitable high quality childcare providers in their area along with their confirmation letter.