From September 2017 the Government is rolling out a programme that doubles fully funded childcare. 3- and 4-year-olds of working parents in England will eligible for 1140 hours of government-funded childcare per year – the equivalent of 30 hours per week over 38 weeks of the year.
After careful analysis of the impact of increasing funding for eligible 3- and 4- year olds from 15 to 30 hours, including discussions with local childcare providers and Oxfordshire County Council, we have decided not to make the 30 hours funding available in our setting.
There has been a lot of concern within the nursery industry that the grant supplied by the Government is not enough to cover the costs of the current scheme. Our own financial analysis confirmed this.
Our current operating model means that the Playgroup is open 27.5 hours a week, has a minimum session requirements of just 2 per week, and does not charge for ‘extras’. We feel that extending to 30 hours would detrimentally impact on our ability to provide flexible, affordable, quality childcare for all of the community, while also investing in the continued development and training of our excellent staff.
Kennington Playgroup is a community organisation, committed to providing accessible, high quality care if a safe and stimulating environment with a well-planned program of learning experiences so that all children can develop as individuals to their full potential.
We have a strong staff team and a reputation for providing a nurturing environment for the children. Our staff work closely with parents to provide care that meets the individual needs of each child, to help them reach their potential and we are committed to continuous improvement, through training and through meeting the challenges of changes in early years practice, as well as adapting to the times.
We will, of course, review this decision on annual basis. Should you have any questions or concerns about this, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. For more information about the support that is available to you, you can visit the Childcare Choices website, https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/.
The Kennington Playgroup Committee