Hot on the heels of recent Early Years policies for 2-year-old funding and early years pupil premium, the government is introducing 30 hours funded childcare for qualifying working parents of 3-and 4-year-olds in England.
This is a work incentive intended to help low income families back into employment or to increase their working hours where the cost of childcare has previously been seen as a prohibiting factor. The new provision comes into effect from September 2017.
How can Capita One help?
We’re already well on our way to developing our Early Years and Provider Portal solutions with enhanced functionality to meet all of the DfE core funding requirements for the 30 hours, with a clear delivery timescale for the new areas of the system. Providers will be able to use the ECS checking facility following the implementation of our Spring 2017 release.
We’re providing this as part of our annual maintenance commitment to customers, so if you’re currently a Capita One customer using those solutions, you’ll be able to access the updated version just as you would for a regular software update.
Building on the foundation of the single child record
Introducing the 30 hours element within our Early Years suite builds on the foundation of our existing solutions – on the basis of a single child record within education services. We’re focused on ensuring you can promote and encourage digital engagement with childcare providers by empowering them to self-serve, whilst embracing mobile technology and reducing non-digital, resource intensive channels of communication, such as telephone, email and post.
We’re talking to many local authorities about how our software and services can best support you and your local childcare providers to be fully ready when the extended 30 hours funding goes live in September 2017.
If you’d like to learn more about out how Capita One can assist you and your local childcare providers to be ready for the extension to 30 hours in September 2017 please get in touch.