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Making Childcare Cost Effective for Families
When the Families Information Service last surveyed parents, they told us that the cost of childcare was a big barrier to them. The Government has a number of schemes for parents that help to reduce that cost, are you promoting the funded places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds, the extended entitlement and tax free childcare with your parents?
Why not take a look at the Childcare Choices communications toolkit, you can use this free material to support your social media promotion or websites. Please work with parents to make sure they apply for and revalidate their extended entitlement codes by the cut-off point of the 31st March, 31st August or the 31st December.
Here is a reminder postcard that you can use with parents to remind them what they need to do and when.
Nursery Milk Scheme
The Nursery Milk Scheme is operated by the Nursery Milk Reimbursement Unit (NMRU) on behalf of the Department of Health. It entitles children under 5 years, who attend approved childcare facilities to receive 189ml (1/3 pint) of milk each day, free of charge. To claim this free milk, register your childcare setting using the NMRU online registration form.
Ofsted are the regulator of childcare for children aged 0 to 8 years old, if you have any queries about your childcare registration, please contact Ofsted directly on 0300 123 1231 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . If you have any safeguarding incidents to report please contact Ofsted as soon as possible keeping records of these contacts.
Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Board
PACEY - Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years
PACEY is the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years, they are dedicated to supporting everyone working in childcare and early years to provide high quality care and early learning for children and families.
PACEY provides training, practical help and expert advice to practitioners. You can find a wide range of resources and training on their webpages.
Morton Michel is well known for their tailored childcare providers insurance policies. In addition to insurance, they offer a wide range of extra benefits to policyholders through their Childcare Club such as free Early Years training, free downloads including business forms and educational posters, savings on days out and discounts from selected suppliers.
Early Years Business Zone
The Early Years Business Zone is a great initiative that provides a dedicated, free to access, online resource that is tailored to the specific needs of early years businesses. Visit Early Years Business Zone to find out more.