Funding to boost nursery places
From September next year 130,000 of the most disadvantaged two-year-olds will qualify for 15 hours a week, with the number set to double the following year.%VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%
They will be expected to use the cash - found from underspends in the Department for Education (DfE) budget - to encourage existing providers to expand their operations and help others enter the market.
Officials hope it will give a kick-start to the market and persuade voluntary sector bodies and private firms to set up or expand nurseries, as well as boosting council provision.
Mr Clegg said: "So much of a child's future is determined before they hang up their coats on their first day at school.
"It is vital that we do all we can to make sure a child's potential isn't determined by the circumstances of their birth.
"That is why we will give thousands of two-year-olds access to free early years education over the coming years.
"Good quality early education gives children a head-start before they even start school and helps the most hard-pressed families who are struggling with the cost of childcare.
"The money we are announcing today will help nurseries and child minders get ready to deliver this revolution in early education."
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