Today the Government has announced a call for the Better Regulation Executive’s ‘Quitting Red Tape Review’. This review invites early years providers to submit evidence on what the current burdens associated with the free entitlement are and how they can be minimised.
The review asks providers to provide evidence of where unnecessary regulatory burdens hold back childcare providers as businesses and discourage new entrants to the sector, or prevent existing providers from expanding their business, or contribute to existing providers leaving the sector.
PACEY will be responding in a formal capacity to the review, but members are also encouraged to comment via the Cabinet Office or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The review will be open for comment until 20 May 2016.
The Government has also announced that capital grants will be made 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.
Local authorities wishing to take part in the full bidding process have been asked to work with providers in their area and apply at Education Funding Agency website. The deadline for applications is 29 April.
The Government have made it clear they are looking for applications using a range of early years providers.
PACEY will be working with a number of local authorities to encourage them to make applications involving a range of providers including childminders.