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Childcare Providers

Providers please be aware that parents must have applied and secured a 30 hours code by the 31st December 2017 for their child to be funded for the additional entitlement from the Spring Term (January 2018).  The child must have had their 3rd birthday by the 31st December to be eligible for funding from the Spring Term. A child is entitled to the additional free hours the term following their 3rd birthday or the term following the date the code was issued, whichever is later.

Please see the Provider Early Years Entitlement Bulletins for further information about the 30 hours offer.  Information for parents on 30 hours can be found on the Glosfamiliesdirectory.  Parents should apply for their 30 hours code via the Childcare Choices website 

Important information for childcare providers regarding the Early years Entitlements, please read the downloads to the right of this page

If you are not yet registered as a childminder but are interested in finding out more, please look at the Useful Information at the bottom of the page. By clicking on "Introduction to Childminding" you will find all the information you will need to know, together with a copy of the booking form.

 

What do I need to do if I am interested in taking the Nursery Funded Entitlement for 2, 3 & 4 year old funding?

Please read the Gloucestershire Provider Agreement and print off the Declaration page only, sign and return it either by scanning and returning via e-mail to familyinfo@gloucestershire.gov.uk or posting to Family Information Service, Shire Hall, Westgate Street, Gloucester GL1 2TG.  If a signed Declaration is not received, this could jeopardise your provision’s receive of funding.  In order to avoid GCC having to take this action, please ensure that you return your signed Declaration as soon as possible.

How can parents find out about my provision?

You can help parents work out which childcare entitlement would suite them best by encouraging them to complete the Childcare Choices Calculator (www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator).  This calculator informs parents which entitlements they are eligible to claim.  They will need the following information ready to use the calculator and apply for their childcare entitlement:

  • Parent’s name, address and National Insurance number and the same details for their partner (if they have one)
  • Child/ren’s date of birth
  • Details on their income
  • Details on any benefits they or their child receives

You can keep yourselves up to date by regularly visiting the Childcare Choices website (www.childcarechoices.gov.uk). Look for the ‘Childcare providers: What you need to know option on the homepage to take you to provider information.

How do I update my information on the Glos Families Directory?

To make any amendments to your provider entry, sign in using your e-mail address and password which should have been sent to you. If you are having problems signing in or need further information, contact Family Information Service on 01452 427362 or by email at familyinfo@gloucestershire.gov.uk .

Help Parents Understand the Entitlements

You can help parents work out which childcare entitlement would suit them best by encouraging them to complete the Childcare Choices Calculator (www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator). This calculator informs parents which entitlements they are eligible to claim.  They will need the following information ready to use the calculator and apply for their childcare entitlement:

  • Parent’s name, address and National Insurance number and the same details for their partner (if they have one)
  • Child/ren’s date of birth
  • Details on their income
  • Details on any benefits they or their child receives

You can keep yourselves up to date by regularly visiting the Childcare Choices website (www.childcarechoices.gov.uk). Look for the ‘Childcare providers: What you need to know option on the homepage to take you to provider information.

Partnership Approaches to 30 Hours Childcare

If you’re considering working in partnership to deliver 30 hours childcare there is a new toolkit to support partnership approaches. The Family and Childcare Trust toolkit, developed following the 30 Hours Mixed Model Partnership project, commissioned by the Department for Education (DfE) is designed to support mixed model partnership approaches to delivering the extended free entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds. This interactive toolkit will help you set up or join a partnership, maximise the benefits of working together and tackle the challenges joint working can bring. It contains practical advice, guidance and case studies.   

Gloucestershire County Council has also produced a guide to partnership working to support providers, see the downloads section.

Promotional materials for 30 hours

HMRC have produced some promotional materials about the 30 Hours offer and to encourage parents wanting to take up the extended entitlement from January to apply as soon as possible. Some examples of these resources can be found on the Directory Childcare page.  HMRC have produced a ‘communications toolkit’ which includes logos, top things parents and providers should know’ Q&A, a factsheet for parents on how they can use their 30 hours’ entitlement etc. View this here: http://transfer.23red.com/public/files/3x0j-47c7fkfg

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

30 hours FAQs     DO YOU KNOW THE FOLLOWING??               August 2017

The following are some frequently asked questions from recent telephone surgeries and questions received by the Family Information Service on the additional free childcare entitlement for 3 & 4 year olds (30 hours) from September 2017.

1. What happens if a parent wants to use 2 providers, one that is open term time only and another that is stretching the offer?

Three different things could be done:

1. The term time only setting claim their actual hours and the other setting stretch the remaining hours.

2. The one setting stretches the full entitlement (if that is the appropriate amount of hours) and the term time only setting charges the parents for all their attendance.

3. The one setting stretches a limited amount of hours so that the term time only setting can have some hours too.

It is up to the parents to choose how they want to split it and should state this on the Parent/Carer Declaration form.  Parents should also consider which settings receives which part of the funding.  The universal element will always be available but the extended offer could be lost.  One setting can choose to stretch the funding whilst the other doesn't as long as the amounts don't exceed their entitlement.  If they do, the parents need to decide where they wish to take their funding.

2. Is it correct that although a parent can use their entitlement with several providers, this can not be more than 2 sites in one day?

Yes. Continuity of care is important for the child so providers should bear in mind the impact that multiple providers may have on a child’s learning, development and wellbeing. Parents can split their free entitlement between multiple providers but this must not be more than 2 sites in one day. As an example, a child may attend a breakfast club based on a school site in the morning, followed by a nursery class and then move to a childminder at lunchtime. This would still class as two sites, even though the child could be attending three different providers.

The Department for Education (DfE) has recently issued a comprehensive set of FAQs on the Early Years Free Entitlements. See Download

 

Updated Early Years Entitlements Operational Guidance for Local Authorities and Providers

The DfE has updated their Operational Guidance. Providers will find this helpful in understanding the new 30 hour extended entitlement.

Please see the Downloads section

Disability Access Fund (DAF) 0 Information for Practitioners

3 and 4 year old children are eligible if they receive free Early Years Education and if they are in receipt of Disability Living allowance. DAF provides the Early Years Setting an additional annual amount of £615 per child for those who are eligible.

This funding is not transferable to other settings e.g. If the child leaves before the end of the financial year this money can’t be moved over to a new setting and if the child attends more than one setting it is up to the parent to decide where this funding should go – it cannot be split between both settings.  Please see document under downloads for more information

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