The Department for Education (DfE) awarded a two-year national support contract to Childcare Works in October 2016. The project works with providers and all 152 local authorities across England on the implementation of 30-hours.
Childcare Works is a partnership between Mott MacDonald, Hempsall’s and Action for Children.
Childcare Works supports the delivery of early years and childcare for two- three- and four-year-olds in ways in which high-quality childcare is accessible, flexible and affordable.
We know such reforms bring many challenges and we are a team experienced in finding solutions – as we did with the two-year-old entitlement. We are providing a data and intelligence led approach, where our universal offer to all local authorities in England is overlaid with a significant allocation of resource to a targeted programme. This programme will focus on addressing the barriers to implementation, and direct time and effort where it is needed most and will have the biggest impact. Over the first six months of the programme we worked with almost 10,000 providers, giving information, debating options and ideas, and making sense of new systems and possibilities.
The 30-hours Early Implementers programme has generated real learning and we have been sharing this early learning as much as possible. The resources section of our website includes some of these experiences.
Childcare Works has a full programme of practical and effective support, challenge and solutions for all types of providers and every local authority. We are strongly focused on sufficiency, flexibility, two-year-olds, and access for children with SEND. Our role is to support many of these outcomes.
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