Minor Improvements Funding to Support the new 30 Hour Entitlement

For the attention of schools and PVI Group based childcare providers.

As you will be aware the new 30 Hour entitlement for eligible 3 and 4 year old children is due to commence in September 2017. Further details of eligibility and frequently asked questions are available on our 30 hours free childcare entitlement – information to help you prepare page. 

A limited amount of funding is available for minor improvement works to support additional 30 hours places in areas of demand in County Durham.

Applications will need to evidence demand for 30 hour places, and will be considered against other existing provision in the area, value for money and other criteria. We want to support as many schemes as possible so the funding will be limited to a maximum of £10,000.

Please find attached the 30 hours minor improvements application form below:

The completed form should be returned to the Childcare Places Team by email at 30hoursfreechildcare@durham.gov.uk

We are expecting to arrange the first panel for week commencing 12 June 2017 to consider applications, so if you would like to make a bid for funding, please return applications by Friday 9 June 2017.

Please note that this funding is not available to childminders.

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