Free Entitlement Funding rates
The Free Entitlement funding rates for 2018/19 have now been confirmed.The hourly rate for 2, 3 & 4 year olds will remain as 17/18 as the government has not increased the funding rate to local authorities.
Disability Access Fund
From 1st April 2018 Buckinghamshire County Council will be changing the way that we make payments to providers through the Disability Access Fund (DAF). Providers will be paid the term the qualifying child starts with them as opposed to the current method of being paid in the Spring term only.
Free Entitlement Funding claims process
The Free Entitlement funding claims process for schools who provide their early years services through Section 27 Community Schools (i.e. have not lowered their age of admission) will be changing from 1st April 2018 and these schools need to be aware of the changes in order to secure their appropriate funding
Updated - Guidance on “Local Management of the Free Entitlement for 2, 3 and 4 year olds”
Buckinghamshire County Council’s guidance on “Local Management of the Free Entitlement for 2, 3 and 4 year olds” which became effective on 1st September 2017, has now been updated following new operational guidance published by the DfE in July 2017.
Please find a link to the local guidance document which runs alongside the " Statutory Guidance for Local authorities, Early Education and Childcare" and the “Early years entitlements: operational guidance” published by the DfE.
Potential use of BCC Children’s Centres for Early Years Provision
You will be aware that the decision to change the Early Help Service in Buckinghamshire has been agreed, subject to a short period where other Councillors can challenge the decision. Details of the proposal and the Cabinet decision can be found here as either a PDF or webcast. As a result of this decision there may be some Buckinghamshire County Council Children’s Centre accommodation available to lease for the delivery of Early Years provision. As soon as we have more information about which of these sites are available we will publish the details here together with specifics about how applications to lease the premises will be managed.
New - Childminding Course dates for 2018
Safeguarding guidance (May 2017)
The Safeguarding/Child Protection Information & Guidance for Childcare Providers has now been updated in line with recent publications.
Last updated 23/02/18