Agenda item

Childcare Reforms Capital and Delivery Grants

Decision:

Cllr Stephen Davies sought Cabinet approval to accept and receive the Childcare Delivery Grant funding from the Department for Education and also to delegate authority to the Director of Education to distribute it amongst local childcare providers in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Children’s Services

 

Having considered all of the information, Cabinet noted the report and

 

 

RESOLVED to:

 

1. Approve the acceptance and receipt of:

a) £4,266,300 in Wraparound Childcare Delivery Grant funding from the Department for Education pursuant to the terms of a Section 31 Grant agreement and associated Memorandum of Understanding; and

b) £1,175,969 in Childcare Reforms Local Authority Capital Funding from the Department for Education pursuant to the terms of a Section 31 grant agreement and associated Memorandum of Understanding, for the purpose of increasing early years and wraparound childcare provision as set out in the Government Childcare Reforms described in the main body of this report

2. Delegate authority to the Director of Education in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding and Early Years to:

a) Allocate the said Wraparound Childcare Delivery Grant by means of grants to schools and out of school providers that demonstrate a need for additional childcare places and a business model that is sustainable until the end of the grant funding period (on the basis set out in paragraphs 33 to 42 of this report) over a 2-year period (FYs 2023-2026) in accordance with the above-mentioned Childcare Reforms, in order to expand existing and/or develop new out of school provision;

 

b) Allocate the said Childcare Reforms Local Authority Capital Funding by means of grants to schools and out of school providers that demonstrate a need for additional early years childcare places and operate a business model that will be sustainable after the end of the grant funding period (as set out in paragraphs 34 to 43 of this report). Such allocations to be granted to schools and out of school providers in the proportions set out in the DfE Capital Grant LA award letter, over a 2-year period (FYs 2023-2026) in order to expand existing, and/or develop new, Early Years and Out of School wraparound childcare provision.

 

The proposed grants to schools and out of school providers meet the requirements of the UK Subsidy Control Regime.

 

The Capital and Delivery grant is to be allocated and monitored as set out in paragraphs 33 – 42 of this report.

Minutes:

6.1     Cllr Stephen Davies sought Cabinet approval to accept and receive the Childcare Delivery Grant funding from the Department for Education and also to delegate authority to the Director of Education to distribute it amongst local childcare providers in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Children’s Services

 

6.2       Under the Childcare Act, Local Authorities were required to ensure that, so far as was reasonable, there was sufficient children provision to enable parents to access their entitlement of early education and childcare, providing opportunity to undertake employment or employment related training.

 

6.3     In the government’s 2023 Spring Budget, the Chancellor announced a series of reforms to childcare. Those were extensions to the existing sufficiency duty.  There were two elements to the announcements.

·       expansion of the existing early years entitlement  

·       the wraparound childcare programme 

 

With that came Capital funding of £1,175,969 (80% for EY expansion, 20% for Wraparound childcare) and delivery funding - £4,266,300 (wraparound childcare only)

 

6.4     30 hours of funded childcare for children over the age of nine months would be introduced in incremental phases with qualifying working parents.  From September 2025, all working parents of children aged 9 months up to 3-years-old could access up to 30 hours funded childcare per week.

 

6.5     The government’s ambition was that by 2026 all parents and carers of primary school-aged children, who need it, would be able to access term time childcare in their local area from 8am-6pm

 

6.6     The funding was allocated to the Council to create additional places and ensure existing places were available for the hours that were required to meet current demand.  The council would work with and fund primary schools and private, voluntary and independent (PVI) providers, including childminders, to introduce or expand before- and after-school childcare provision in their area where there was a gap in availability.

 

6.7     It was difficult to predict how many parents would take up the offer, and therefore to ensure enough places were available was a challenge.  The Early Years and childcare service were working closely with providers and parents to understand demand and subsequently to create additional capacity, using the grant funding available.

 

 

Having considered all of the information, Cabinet noted the report and

 

 

RESOLVED to:

 

1. Approve the acceptance and receipt of:

a) £4,266,300 in Wraparound Childcare Delivery Grant funding from the Department for Education pursuant to the terms of a Section 31 Grant agreement and associated Memorandum of Understanding; and

b)£1,175,969 in Childcare Reforms Local Authority Capital Funding from the Department for Education pursuant to the terms of a Section 31 grant agreement and associated Memorandum of Understanding, for the purpose of increasing early years and wraparound childcare provision as set out in the Government Childcare Reforms described in the main body of this report

2. Delegate authority to the Director of Education in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding and Early Years to:

a) Allocate the said Wraparound Childcare Delivery Grant by means of grants to schools and out of school providers that demonstrate a need for additional childcare places and a business model that is sustainable until the end of the grant funding period (on the basis set out in paragraphs 33 to 42 of this report) over a 2-year period (FYs 2023-2026) in accordance with the above-mentioned Childcare Reforms, in order to expand existing and/or develop new out of school provision;

 

b) Allocate the said Childcare Reforms Local Authority Capital Funding by means of grants to schools and out of school providers that demonstrate a need for additional early years childcare places and operate a business model that will be sustainable after the end of the grant funding period (as set out in paragraphs 34 to 43 of this report). Such allocations to be granted to schools and out of school providers in the proportions set out in the DfE Capital Grant LA award letter, over a 2-year period (FYs 2023-2026) in order to expand existing, and/or develop new, Early Years and Out of School wraparound childcare provision.

 

The proposed grants to schools and out of school providers meet the requirements of the UK Subsidy Control Regime.

 

The Capital and Delivery grant is to be allocated and monitored as set out in paragraphs 33 – 42 of this report.

 

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