2019 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: 2019 (data is from Sept 2018)
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/Green
DCA text: The programme delivery confidence was Amber/Green at programme closure with significant progress made addressing recommendations from assurance carried out by the Infrastructure Projects Authority. Lessons learned have been captured, business as usual (BAU) processes developed and agreed with HMRC. BAU governance arrangements are now established and the service has successfully transitioned into BAU. Summer 2018 saw performance meet or exceed targets with take up at 83% and sufficiency of places at 90%.
Start date: 2015-05-11
End date: 2018-03-31
Schedule text: The 30 Hours Free Childcare programme was successfully delivered in Sep 2018, with the project completing closure activities: lessons learned, benefits management and transition activities ahead of national rollout.
Baseline: £750.02m
Forecast: £750.51m
Variance: 0.00%
Variance text: Budget variance less than 5%
Whole Life Cost: £5,874.92m
WLCost text: Following the first time availability of data showing actual take up of offer, baseline costs were revised this quarter. Now that actual data around take up of the offer in the first year of delivery is available, we have revised the underlying assumption around the average hours of childcare taken a week, and this has resulted in an increase in the forecast costs in future years This is primarily due to revised forecasts for the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) budget to fund delivery of the 30 hours entitlement in future years. It should be noted that delivery of the 30 hours childcare entitlement is a demand-led project and recurring new costs are modelled on what we currently know and understand about the population and estimated take-up of the offer. We will continue to refine these forecasts as we receive more up-to-date information about take up of the offer.
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