Getting a Head Start
Time: 12:25 - 12:50
Date: Tuesday 16 October
The Market Issue: There is an increasing demand for high quality early years childcare driven by: 1. The introduction of the ’30-hour entitlement’ in September 2017 – which enables eligible families – an estimated 42% of families with children in this age group – to access up to a maximum of 30 hours per week/… Read more »Education Estates 2019
The Market Issue:
There is an increasing demand for high quality early years childcare driven by:
1. The introduction of the ’30-hour entitlement’ in September 2017 – which enables eligible families – an estimated 42% of families with children in this age group – to access up to a maximum of 30 hours per week/ 570 hours per year. Local Authorities who have the legal duty to ensure sufficiency of early years provision, are looking to schools to create additional early years places to meet local need.
2. Changes to state benefits and rising housing, utilities, and consumer goods costs, causing increased financial pressure on young families, leading to a growing number of parents returning to work or training.
3. A current political focus on improving social mobility, and the impact that early education has on outcomes, particularly for disadvantaged children. Facilitating high-quality early years education is a key priority to close the gap.
4. The increasing importance of early identification of Special Educational Needs – by delivering additional, targeted support before children reach statutory school age, and developing relationships with parents and carers.
5. The current teacher recruitment and retention crisis – offering flexible, affordable, wrap-around childcare close to the workplace, can form a key part of Schools and Trusts’ benefits packages, encouraging teachers back into the classroom following maternity/ paternity leave.
6. Challenges around Schools and Trusts’ financial. Diversifying to provide nursery provision can be a low-investment way to grow revenue through 50- week wrap-round provision.
Our presentation will cover:
How to establish new nursery provision, from establishing the need and developing a viable business plan, to the design of flexible innovative Early Years spaces, and marketing new childcare places. We will discuss how to deliver sustainable new build options, which offer value for money, and how to develop existing spaces within schools through planned refurbishment programmes. We will advise on the advantages and disadvantages of available options, and how to engage with stakeholders to ensure successful outcomes.
- Lucia Glynn Associate - Arcadis