Providers please be aware that parents must have applied and secured a 30 hours code by the 31st August 2017 for their child to be funded for the additional entitlement from 1st September. Providers need to check that the code was claimed by 31st August 2017. Please see the update on Early years Entitlement July Bulletin for details.
Please return a signed Declaration Page of the Gloucestershire Local Provider Agreement for your setting by Monday 3rd July 2017.
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 our 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or posting to Family Information Service, Shire Hall, Westgate Street, Gloucester GL1 2TG, by Monday 3rd July 2017. If a signed Declaration is not received, this could jeopardise your provision’s receipt of the funding from 1st September 2017. In order to avoid GCC having to take this action, please ensure that you return your signed Declaration as soon as possible.
Glos Families Directory (managed by the Family Information Service) enables families to find out about your provision and the services you offer. It is important that you keep your provider information with FIS up to date. Please check your entry on this Directory by searching for your provision.
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 email@example.com .
You can help parents get ready for tax free childcare and/or 30 hours by encouraging them to firstly 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:
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.
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.
Remember that promotional materials for the Tax-Free Childcare, which was introduced on 28 April and the 30 hours free childcare is available on the new Government Childcare Choices website www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
You may also wish to use the toolkit found in the following link which has materials to promote the offers to parents in your provision: http://transfer.23red.com/public/files/3u3k-88mqpoco
Included in the toolkit you will find:
Information on Childcare Choices and the new offers
Suggested text to email to parents
The Childcare Choices logo
Some graphics and messages you can use on your social media channels
An A4 poster
An A4 information sheet for staff and parents
We are fast approaching the 1st September 2017 and the start of the 30 hours offer. In preparation for this we’re pleased to offer free opportunity for ALL childcare providers to have a 15 or 30 minute slot with Deborah Robinson from NDNA (National Day Nurseries Association), to discuss any issues you have regarding provision of the 2, 3 and 4 year old entitlements.
Deborah will be available between the hours of 9am and 5pm on the following dates:
Friday 28th July
Tuesday 8th and Tuesday 29th August
Friday 1st and Friday 29th September
To book a time slot, please e-mail Deborah with your preferred date and your question/query. She will allocate either 15 or 30 minutes and advise you at which time she will be available firstname.lastname@example.org
Following these sessions, Deborah will put together an anonymised ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ (FAQs) sheet. This will be published on this directory for all providers to access and will be updated after each of the dates.
Keep looking at the website for further updated information.