What providers must do as a result of reopening applications for 30 hours of early education and childcare for 3 and 4 year olds.
Will I be able to take Offer Children from 1st September?
You will be able to deliver the Offer from 1st September if you are signed up with your local authority to deliver the Offer and as long as the parent’s application has been approved by the local authority.
What is happening with Foundation Phase Nursery and Flying Start funding?
Individual schools will make decisions about how and when certain children will return to school, with possible phasing into school of some learners, including Foundation Phase Nursery pupils. Flying Start services will also be managed at the local authority level.
Is the Coronavirus Childcare Assistance Scheme ending?
The Coronavirus Childcare Assistance Scheme will end on 31 August.
Will I continue to be paid based on booked hours from September?
The Offer will continue to be paid based on the number of booked hours. However, your setting will need to be open and the child will need to be attending to be able to receive the funding.
Will I be paid in arrears or in advance by the local authority?
This will vary depending on the local authority. You should contact your local authority and discuss this with them.
What do I do if a parent approaches me wanting to take up the Offer but their application has not yet been approved?
An application for the Offer needs to be approved before a child is allowed to take up the Offer. A parent can use childcare whilst they are waiting for their application to be processed but they should do so at their own cost; childcare payments under the Offer are not backdated. As a provider, you must be aware that if an application for Offer funding has not been approved by the local authority, there is a risk that the application may not be approved and the parent will be liable for any costs. This will then need to be resolved between you as the provider and the parent.
What guidance should I follow for the safe operation of my service?
When will the current relaxation of the National Minimum Standards requirements expire?
The current relaxations expire at the end of September. We are monitoring the usage of the relaxations of the National Minimum Standards within the context of the ongoing situation.
Can I expect my service to be inspected?
What if I operate from a community, church or chapel hall?
You can continue to do so as long as the owner/manager of the property agrees and that all relevant protective measures are observed.