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
The 30 hours childcare offer is now in its second full year of operation. It has undoubtedly thrown up quite a few questions and challenges so far. 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 indeed to work more flexibly. Premier Advisory Group have so far undertaken eight 30 hours childcare offer themed sufficiency assessments. We have therefore already honed a methodology which has inherent flexibility but which remains robust and able to demonstrate how local early years childcare markets – and the other two funded entitlements – are reacting to the evolving delivery of 30 hours childcare.
30 HOURS EVALUATION
In September 2018, all Local Authorities were given guidance by DfE on evaluating their localised evolving 30 hours childcare offer. Premier Advisory Group is able to support Local Authorities with this process – through process and impact evaluations – which would look at the critical questions of: Is supply of 30 hours childcare places 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?
30 HOURS OUTREACH
Premier Advisory Group has in the recent past undertaken outreach work to promote the free/funded entitlement for 2 year olds to relevant families. We are able to replicate that model of focused community outreach and promote the 30 hours childcare offer, including to harder-to-reach families and parents.
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