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Ofsted coronavirus daily rolling update
09 Apr
Ofsted provide daily updates to their coronavirus guidance and information for: schools early years children's social care further education and skills providers It will keep you informed about changes to government documents and guidance so check it daily. To view new information select ‘see all updates’ at the top of the page Read Ofsted's coronavirus rolling update
Coronavirus £10,000 small business support grant funding
08 Apr
In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the government has announced a small business grant of £10,000 that may benefit some childcare providers. The FAQs for these grants include: Q: Is there any clarification on whether nursery/childcare facilities will be eligible for the grants? A: They are eligible if they were in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief as of 11 March 2020. Local authorities have been asked to administer this financial assistance. Check eligibility and apply
The Government has introduced a business rate holiday for nurseries
08 Apr
To support childcare provision during the coronavirus pandemic, the government is offering business rates holidays for the 2020 to 2021 tax year. You’re eligible if your business: is on Ofsted’s Early Years Register provides care and education for children up to 5 years old (early years foundation stage) Other relevant information: applies to childcare provision that is open and closed during this time if you're eligible and you have paid an instalment in April, it will be refunded local authority-run nurseries are not eligible. Read more and apply
Accessing childcare funding for key workers and vulnerable children
08 Apr
During this coronavirus pandemic parents who are key workers or have vulnerable children may still be able to claim one of the government’s childcare funding schemes, including: Tax-Free Childcare for working parents of 0 to 11 year olds childcare element of Universal Credit for low income parents of 0 to 15 year olds funded childcare for 2, 3 and 4 year olds Additional flexibilities you can offer If a key worker didn’t apply for 30 hours for the summer term but now needs them, providers can offset these additional hours from the pre-paid hours other children are not using. This is explained in our coronavirus early education funding FAQs (question 4). You can use your discretion on further flexibilities with funding you’ve received for this term to support children of key workers. Any questions? earlyyearsfunding@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk Childcare funding information childcare funding leaflet includes a table showing what schemes can be claimed together read our online childcare funding information
Childcare provision status listed as 'Not Known' on our directory. Includes out-of-school clubs
08 Apr
In addition to listing open and closed childcare provision, our Family Information Directory now lists settings who haven't told us if they are open or not; these are tagged as 'Not Known'. Many are breakfast, after school and holiday clubs. View the filter of provision tagged as 'Not Known' To update your status so parents know if you are open or closed, please complete our form. Other directory changes We’ve created this form as a quick way for you to update us. If you have further changes to your childcare record, please use the normal Synergy Online forms. If you’re not listed on the directory, it’s because you have requested to be non-public. If you now want to appear on the directory, you’ll need to complete the directory update form in Synergy Online and complete the form above to advise of your open/closed status. If you have any questions email familyinfo@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk or call 01305 221066.
Coronavirus early education funding FAQs; how's it gong to work?
07 Apr
Providers that remain open and also those that have closed have lots of questions about how the coronavirus pandemic will affect early education funding. This is completely understandable at this time of great uncertainty. We want to reassure you that our priorities are: ensuring children who are vulnerable and whose parents are keyworkers can access a funded place (if eligible) protecting the long-term sustainability of providers whilst following guidance provided by the Department for Education We've created some FAQs to answer your questions?. Read our coronavirus and early education funding FAQs If you have more unanswered questions please email earlyeducationfunding@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk