Early Years Funding
You may have already seen that the government published its response to the funding consultation, confirming the early years national funding formula, changes to local level formulas, and reforms to further support children with special educational needs and disabilities. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/early-years-funding-changes-to-funding-for-3-and-4-year-olds
We have attached a DfE EYNFF fact sheet, providing a summary of response to the consultation. We hope this is helpful.
Business Sustainability Support
DfE have produced an online business sustainability package for providers, you can find by clicking on the link below. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/early-years-business-sustainability
Partnership Models Support Materials
The Family and Childcare Trust has developed a free toolkit to support mixed model partnership approaches to delivering the extended free entitlement for three and four year olds. The interactive toolkit is designed to help childcare providers set up or join a partnership, maximise the benefits of working together and tackle the challenges joint working can bring.
You can access the toolkit by clicking the link below:
The toolkit was developed following the 30 Hours Mixed Model Partnership project, commissioned by the Department for Education (DfE). Family and Childcare Trust supported 16 local authorities to increase places for the 30 hours entitlement by creating partnerships between providers (including schools, childminders, private and voluntary providers).
Additional 30 Hour Places
Unfortunately we are still awaiting confirmation from DfE as to whether we can deliver additional places next year. Once we receive further information we will be in touch.
Once again please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any support requirements.
Additional Business Support Workshops – dates for your diary
We have commissioned some further business support workshops delivered earlier this term for schools and group settings through Childcare Works as part of our 30hr Pilot support programme.
In addition, we have commissioned some new partnership working sessions building on the business support workshops. In short, the partnership workshops will explore a range of factors, covering policy, how the 30hrs impact on sufficiency, examine the benefits and challenges of partnership working, consider how to work creatively and ensure partnership working meets the needs of families whist providing continuity and consistency for the child and furthermore consider effective communication and marketing strategies to support your flexible models of delivery.
Further details to follow. In the meantime, if you would like to register your interest or wish to discuss further please don’t hesitate to contact Theresa Iley on (01670) 622743 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would appreciate early expressions of interest as this will enable us to identify the level of demand and plan ahead the number of sessions and best venues for delivery.
Business Support Workshop for schools – 18th January 2017
Business Support Workshops for group settings – 19th January 2017
Partnership working – 2nd and 3rd of February 2017