STAFFORD parents could find a way back into work with a new free childcare scheme.
From September families with a two-year-old child who currently receive certain benefits or carers who foster children will be able to apply for 15 hours free care, giving them vital time for training or to return to work.
Staffordshire County Councillor Robbie Marshall, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said the Think2 scheme would give parents a chance to enhance their skills and find employment.
“The Think2 scheme will open up a wealth of opportunities for parents by giving them 15 hours of quality childcare.
“This means their child will have access to quality early years education, while they have the time they need to expand their horizons through training or work, giving both them and their child the future they want.”
The free care will be provided by local nurseries, child minders or pre-schools and is available across the county.
To find out if you are eligible visit www.staffordshire.gov.uk/think2spare-time or telephone 0300 111 8007.
For a list of courses provided by Staffordshire County Council – including employability skills, academic courses, ICT and computer courses and English courses for people who speak other languages, a range of vocational courses, introduction to social care and understanding customer service in the retail sector and leisure-based learning like photography, languages and dressmaking - visit http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/adulteducation/ or call 0300 111 8000.