Early Rollout of 30 Hours Childcare Entitlement Announced for North Yorkshire

Nurseries, Childminders & Pre-Schools to join pilot scheme from April

  • 2 February 2017
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Early Rollout of 30 Hours Childcare Entitlement Announced for North Yorkshire

A pilot scheme has been running in Wigan, Staffordshire, Swindon, Portsmouth, Northumberland, York, Newham and Hertfordshire.  The full rollout date for all providers being September 2017 across the UK.  Last Friday, 27 January 2017, the DfE announced that four more Local Authorities will join the pilot scheme, including Dorset, Leicestershire, Tower Hamlets & North Yorkshire from April 2017 to deliver 30 hour places to all eligible children from the start of the Summer Term (24 April 2017).

This new initiative will provide an additional funded 15 hours to parents who meet the Governments set criteria, potentially giving parents 30 hours of ‘free’ childcare per week.

The additional 15 hours is not available to everyone.  The Department for Education (DfE) confirmed that parents will need to meet the eligibility criteria for the offer, which is that both parents or lone parent families are working more than 16 hours a week at the national minimum or living wage (currently £107 per week), up to a maximum salary of £100,000 a year per parent.

Over the past month Hannah Hurley & Cassie Luchford have been attending briefing meetings held by NYCC to understand the effect of these changes on our business as well as the logistics of providing an increase of funded childcare hours and places.

North Yorkshire is currently 144th out of 150 lowest funded Local Authority in the UK!  Currently we receive £3.92 per hour per child for a funded place, this will drop to £3.90 in September.  With increasing costs of running a business, this amount does not even cover 1 member of staff being paid minimal wage per hour.  The financial implications will be demanding but not impossible as we endeavour to embrace this initiative.

The delivery from NYCC is fast paced to meet the demands of the DfE.  Hannah attended the first briefing workshop 3 days ago, next week we will attend the 30 Hours Locality Partnership Planning & Information event and a Financial & Business Planning workshop on 13th February to look at the financial implications for nurseries.

How Parents Can Apply for the Additional 15 Hours

Initially applications will be manual.  Between 6th and 31st March parents need to apply for additional funded hours for eligible 3 and 4 year olds using the e-application form on the NYCC website.  No applications made after 31st March will be accepted for use in the summer term.

NYCC will then carry out eligibility and evidence checking.  Following this, parents will receive an e-mail confirmation of their application.  Parents must present the e-mail confirmation of eligibility to nursery as proof of application in order for us to claim funding for your child.

There will be a cross check carried out by NYCC between the summer term head count data and confirmed applications.

Please put this date in your diary now, if you don’t apply, you won’t automatically be entitled to additional funded hours!

From Autumn 2017 parents will be able to apply via the on-line HMRC process and will receive a voucher code to pass to the nursery in order for us to claim the funding for your child.  Funding is available to children the term after they turn 3 in either January, April or September.

For more information please contact Cassie on 01748 823667 or email info@rooftopsnurseryschool.co.uk

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