Working in partnership to deliver the 30 hours entitlement
A reminder that the DfE and Family Childcare Trust have published a mixed model partnership toolkit to help people who are interested in joining or setting up a partnership to deliver the 30 hours entitlement. This practical, hands-on resource gives advice on and examples of different partnership working options, and will particularly suit providers who do not want to, or are unable to, offer the full entitlement themselves.
Relaunch of the Childcare Business Grant Scheme
The Department for Education has re-launched the Childcare Business Grant Scheme. Its purpose is to help new Childminders and Childminder Agencies (CMA) to enter the childcare market. The scheme will award one-off start-up grants of either £500 or £1000 to support with the set up costs of new childminding businesses.
Further information and details on how to apply can be found here
Childminders’ Views on Funded Early Education
The study looks at the views and experiences of childminders on funded early education. This research focuses specifically on childminders’ views on working parents’ entitlement to 15-hour and 30-hour free early education. The report can be read here.
Early Years Pupil Premium: Providers Survey
The DfE has published findings from a survey of early years providers about their awareness and usage of the early years pupil premium (EYPP). The report examined early years providers’:
- experiences of the application process
- usage of funding
- assessment of the barriers to applying
Early Years Foundation Stage Profile Return: How to Submit Data
The DfE has published some guidelines detailing how local authorities should submit data from early years providers to complete the early years foundation stage profile (EYFSP) return.