Parent Champions for Free Childcare for Two Year Olds
How does it work?
Parent Champions are parent volunteers who give a few hours a week to talk to other parents about childcare and other local services available to families. Only some two year olds are eligible for free childcare, which can make it more difficult to make sure that families know about it and the benefits of childcare.
Parent Champions for the two-year-old free childcare offer supports parents eligible for free childcare to find out about, engage with and access this service to improve outcomes for themselves and their children. Having accessed free childcare themselves, Parent Champions share how the offer works and signpost to further support.
Why Parent Champions?
Parents are often more likely to trust other parents like them. Parent Champions reflect the experiences of parents that services would like to engage, for example, in a local area we might recruit Somali Parent Champions if we know that Somali families are less likely to take up services. Having a personal understanding of the complex and difficult situations families can face allows Parent Champions to share their own positive experience of local services in a relatable, trusted and informal way. They often meet with local parents at schools, children’s centres, doctor surgeries and libraries.
What are the benefits of Parent Champions for Free Childcare for Two Year Olds?
Parent Champions for Community Connections focusses on reducing isolation and loneliness among parents of children under 5.
Parent Champions for Home Learning support parents to find out more about the benefits of home learning, how they can learn at home with their child and how to engage with local services that can support them.
Parent Champions for SEND focus on what specialist support is available locally and nationally, understand the barriers families often face in accessing services, and are able to offer practical solutions.
Parent Champions for Resilient Families focuses on supporting families less likely to access early education and local services due to complex and multiple needs.