2017 Report details for project: 30 Hrs Free Childcare Project

Project name: 30 Hrs Free Childcare Project - there are 3 reports for this project: 2017, 2018, 2019
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Organisation: DFE (D6) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2017 (data is from Sept 2016)
Category: Transformation - see all reports for this category
Description: The Government has legislated through the Childcare Act 2016 to introduce an entitlement to 30 hours of free childcare for working parents of 3 and 4 year olds (the extended entitlement). The extended entitlement will be rolled-out nationally from September 2017 with early implementation in some areas from September 2016 in keeping with commitments made by the Prime Minister.
DCA (RAG): Amber/Red
DCA text: Since the Q2 Amber/ Red delivery confidence assessment, the department has published the Government response to the consultation on the Early Years National Funding Formula, published final funding allocations to local authorities, and put in place the necessary regulatory framework to ensure effective delivery of the 30 hours entitlement from September 2017. DfE has continued to work closely with HMRC to develop and trial a common application and eligibility checking system (the Childcare Service) for both the 30 hours and Tax Free Childcare entitlements. We are already delivering 30 hours childcare early in 8 local authorities, with nearly 5,000 places being taken up. A further 4 early roll out areas will be delivering 30 hours childcare from April 2017 to more fully test live roll out conditions. A national delivery contractor, Childcare Works, has been appointed and is providing a universal programme of support for local authorities to help them prepare for delivery of the 30 hours entitlement from September. A further £50 million capital funding to local authorities was announced in March 2017, which will enable just over 200 providers to create new 30 hours childcare places.
Start date: 2015-05-11
End date: 2020-03-31
Schedule text: The project remains on schedule, with 30 hours childcare places being delivered early in 8 selected Local Authorities from September 2016, launch of the Childcare Service digital application system on track for April 2017 and nationwide delivery of 30 hours places expected to commence in September 2017.
Baseline: £80.00m
Forecast: £79.30m
Variance: -1.00%
Variance text: Budget variance less than 5%
Whole Life Cost: £1,920.72m
WLCost text: The whole life costs are made up of: the resource costs associated with delivering the 30 hrs project by Sept 2017; capital budget which will enable the creation of new childcare places; and the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) to fund the extended 30 hrs entitlement for the remainder of the Spending Review period.
Sourcefile: IPA_2017.csv

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