2018 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: 2018 (data is from Sept 2017)
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 was 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
DCA text: Since the Amber delivery confidence assessment, DfE has continued to work closely with HMRC to resolve a number of Childcare Service technical issues affecting parent applications, effectively communicate the 30 hours application process to parents and encourage early applications for the spring and summer terms, to avoid disappointment. DfE and its delivery contractor, Childcare Works, are providing targeted and tailored support to a small number of high risk local authorities (LAs) to ensure plans are in place to deliver sufficient 30 hours childcare places to meet demand in the summer term. DfE has also awarded £7.7m grant funding to 147 LAs to fund a range of activity that will directly support delivery of 30 hours childcare in the summer term.
Start date: 2015-05-11
End date: 2018-09-30
Schedule text: The project remains on schedule, with 30 hours childcare places being delivered nationwide from September 2017. The project closure date has been extended to 30 September 2018 to enable the project to effectively monitor and manage a full year of delivery before moving to a business as usual state, rather than as a result of any delay to national rollout.
Baseline: £409.10m
Forecast: £436.90m
Variance: 7.00%
Variance text: The 7% variance from baseline costs for 2017-18 are primarily as a result of updates to account for changes to ONS population projections, which have increased the forecast of the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) to fund the extended 30 hours entitlement. 30 hours entitlement is a demand-led project and the DSG costs are modelled on what we currently know and understand about the population and estimated take-up of the offer.
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 2018; 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.
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Sourcefile: IPA_2018.csv

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