The government has committed to offering an additional 15 hours a week of funded childcare, to working parents of 3 and 4 year olds, who meet the eligibility criteria. This is in addition to the universal entitlement of 15 hours a week of free childcare for all 3 and 4 year olds. It means that eligible families will be able to access up to a total of 1140 hours of free early education and childcare a year.
In Kingston and Richmond the additional hours will usually be referred to as the extended entitlement. The extended entitlement was implemented across England from September 2017.
Market Research Analysis - Extended 15 Hours
AfC commissioned NLH Partnership to work in partnership with it to conduct a childcare market research analysis to explore the demand for, and supply of, extended 15 hours childcare within the Boroughs of Kingston and Richmond. NLH Partnership is an independent research, evaluation and training organisation that specialises in working with services for children and families. You can read a summary of the report below:
We have developed exemplar models of how the universal and extended entitlement hours can be used by parents. These delivery models demonstrate what partnerships between providers can look like and how the hours can be shared between provisions.
30 hours and EYFS practice
The introduction of the 30 hours initiative is likely to see providers develop mixed provider partnerships. This is where a partnership of providers share the delivery of the offer between them. The following tools are designed to help providers develop their information sharing practices.
Schools may be thinking about their EYFS practice when taking on children who are doing the 30 hours. Below are slides from a training session that was delivered to teachers from the maintained nurseries:
The Department for Education has published case studies on early years providers that are using new techniques to run a sustainable childcare business (opens a new window)
The tools below have been developed for childcare providers to support them in their business planning:
Frequently asked questions
We have held 30 hours-related briefing sessions and we are also currently carrying out support workshops for providers. You can view the presentation slides for those meetings here:
We are asking childcare providers in Kingston and Richmond to write case studies about the journey they have taken towards developing their models for the implementation of the extended entitlement in September 2017.
An out-of-school provider working in partnership with schools to offer wrap around and non-term time childcare and the business planning that they have been involved in to develop their model (opens a new window)