Funding to help deliver the 30 hours childcare provision. Stoke-on-Trent City Council has been awarded funding from the DfE to help raise awareness and implement delivery of the additional childcare.
Local authorities in England were able to bid for a share of £8.65m funding from the Department for Education (DfE) to support the Government’s 30 hours free childcare initiative.
The Delivery Support Fund (DSF) is intended to support local authorities and providers as the scheme enters its second year.
All three and four-year-olds in England are automatically eligible for 570 hours of free early education or childcare over 38 weeks of the year.
Three and four-year-olds may also be entitled to an additional 570 hours of free childcare over 38 weeks of the year if their parent / parents work and meet the eligibility criteria.
The council has been awarded £69,500 and will be used in the following areas:
- Offering business support and training sessions to nurseries including advice on sustainability.
- Increasing the marketing and communication to parents promoting the additional free childcare.
- Carrying out small scale capital improvements to nurseries to be able to increase the number of childcare places available.
- Undertaking a sufficiency assessment to ensure that children with special educational needs and disabilities are able to access a nursery that will best meet their needs.
Councillor Janine Bridges, cabinet member for Education and Economy said
“This is fantastic news for the city’s youngest citizens. All of our children deserve the best possible start in life. Spending time in a childcare setting not only encourages learning and development for the child, it also allows mums and dads the opportunity to continue to work to help provide for their families.
“There are around 1,500 children taking advantage of this scheme but there may be many more families missing out. We want to encourage all eligible families to come forward and take advantage of this opportunity.
“The additional money will also help the city council to support local childcare providers ensuring that their setting remains financially viable and able to offer our little ones the education they need to flourish.”
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