Services for Young Children

Early Years Education (EYE), Early Years Single Funding Formula (EYSFF) and Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

Important Developments for Early Years

The Government has launched 3 important initiatives which are relevant for local authorities:

  • 30 Hours Consultation - This consultation is the next step in development of the policy on 30 hours free childcare. As early years education providers you will play a key role in preparing for delivery of the extended entitlement, we would highly value your thoughts and input, so please do take the time to respond before the deadline of the 6 June. Access the consultation.

  • Capital Funding Expression Of Interest (EOI) - The Government will be making capital grants available to early years settings (including schools who currently offer, or plan to offer, provision for 3- and 4-year olds) through a local authority bidding process. Hampshire is required to express an interest in the capital funding in order to be able to put in a bid later this year and we are required to work with providers in our area and fill out the EOI application. The Government is starting the process now so that local authorities have time to speak and work with their providers to get a better understanding of capital needs in their area before submitting a bid. Please respond to the survey by Wednesday 20 April.

  • Red Tape Challenge - Alongside publishing the consultation on the 30 hour free childcare entitlement and capital bidding process, the Better Regulation Executive (BRE - an executive agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) have published a call for evidence on the impact of regulation on early years providers. Please direct any questions/ enquiries to the cuttingredtape@bis.gsi.gov.uk mailbox.

Childcare Bill - 30 hours childcare update - Hampshire

Hampshire has been notified by the Department for Education that it is one of the 25 areas that has been successful in becoming a 30 hours childcare Early Implementer Innovator. The role of an Early Implementer Innovator will look specifically at innovative ways of making sure childcare is accessible to as many parents as possible.

Portsmouth families attending Hampshire provision - early implementation 30 hours September 2016

Hampshire County Council is working closely with Portsmouth City Council as they develop a plan for the 30 hours 'early implementor' programme. The plan will consider those Portsmouth families who attend registered Hampshire childcare provision. At this stage, Portsmouth is working with the Department for Education on the detail of how they will provide places and assess eligibility for families for the pilot phase. This pilot phase is expected to start from September 2016. Portsmouth will provide Hampshire with more detail in the summer term to cascade to Hampshire providers where appropriate.

Below is supporting documentation relating to 30 hours childcare:

The DfE early implementation guidance Microsoft Word 235kB

The DfE early implementation FAQs Microsoft Word 79kB for applicants (last updated 18.11.15)

Services for Young Children has put a call out for further expression of interest from providers in the SfYC blog bulletin.

Childcare Bill - Notices of Amendments as at 21 January 2016.

This is the latest Government policy statement relating to the Childcare Bill (last updated 4.12.15)

The Government's response to the final report from the House of Lords select committee on affordable childcare (published 17.12.15)

The Government's review of childcare costs (published 25.11.15)

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On the following pages you will find all the information you need about Early Years Education (EYE) funding, the Early Years Single Funding Formula (EYSFF) and the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP).