If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade,
plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.Chinese Proverb
30 hours is here
The 30 hours childcare offer is now in its first full operational year and has undoubtedly thrown up quite a few questions along the way. However, it has now surpassed the governments targets in terms of the numbers of families accessing the childcare offer and statistics so far suggest it’s certainly allowed more parents to work and more flexibly.
Authorities who are fully plugged in to 30 hours are now looking forward to the next stage of the process – continuously assessing the success (or otherwise) of it operation. Is supply keeping up with demand, are parents able to access the provision they need and are providers able to deliver as part of an effective business model? Working with our sister company Coda Consultants we have been producing process and impact evaluations for local authorities since the very first early implementors of the 30 hours. Evaluate and optimise now.
The government have committed an additional £1 billion per year by 2020, to help support the flagship programme. We have already seen the establishment of the delivery fund made available to local authorities. Those in receipt of the funding are expected to spend the total of it by the end of August 2018. This, combined with the amount of funding that local authorities can retain as central spend being limited, means local authorities will be required to carefully review their spend and delivery models. Click for more information
Many minds make lighter work. Join the growing community of professionals who are discussing their experiences of 30 hours and share your challenges and solutions with peers who are doubtless facing similar challenges. Please come and share your knowledge and best practice, network and pick up tips by joining the 30 hours free childcare group – Click here to join group