Local authorities in England can bid for a share of an additional £8.65m funding from the Department for Education (DfE) to support the Government’s 30 hours free childcare initiative (30 hours).
The Delivery Support Fund (DSF) is intended to support local authorities and providers through the first year of 30 hours (launched on 1 September 2017) to meet the demands of the 2018 summer term, as more children become eligible.
Councils can apply to use the money for a range of projects, including systems and IT support and local sufficiency mapping. The DfE also suggests the funding could improve support for children with special educational needs and disabilities. With the approaching deadline of 15 December, Idox’s Open Objects is assisting councils with a bid template to use as a basis for their own funding applications.
Open Objects has also developed the 30 Hours Market Development module to support councils in their engagement with parents and childcare providers. The solution brings all the relevant information together into one digital dashboard. At-a-glance, local authorities can see a fortnightly ward-by-ward snapshot, a record of 30 hours capacity, demand, take-up and vacancies.
To find out more:
- Download the brochure to learn how the 30 Hours Market Development module can create actionable outcomes for providers, parents and Early Years teams.
- For more information about the 30 Hours Delivery Support Fund, visit the Department for Education (DfE)
To talk to Open Objects about your 30 hours strategy, call 01223 422 200 or complete the form and one of the team will be in touch.