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School-based childcare models...
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Find ideas and resources...
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Children with SEND - improve inclusion in childcare
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Funding, training and events, childcare news

FUNDING  INFORMATION
Early Years Pupil Premium for 2-year-olds
  Find out how the EYPP will be allocated going forward. More here.

FUNDING  ALERTS
Magic Breakfast
    For breakfast club funding, support and resources for schools.

Awards for All Grants   What are the 8 most common mistakes made when people apply for these grants?

These and more here...

 

TRAINING AND EVENTS
Learning Exchange on Facebook    SEND events, trips, training resources, club  ideas.

Common Inspection Framework   Free briefings for all early years and childcare professionals (run by the NDNA and Ofsted)

Other training opportunities here...

CATCH UP WITH NEWS

Childcare offer in schools to be part of perfomance tables   
Compulsory First Aid training for nursery workers
DfE's Childcare Readiness Investment Fund open to existing providers 
Higher tax-free financial assistance for parents of disabled children  

Question and tips... Ask the Childcare in Schools team

A QUESTION FROM WARWICKSHIRE  
How I can help providers support children in clubs who need one-to-one support due a particular level of additional need, without extra funding? Find some answers here.

 

MAKE YOUR CHILDCARE MORE INCLUSIVE - JOIN A FREE WORKSHOP
Send your questions to us in advance and help build up know-how about setting up more inclusive school-based childcare. Find out more.

 

FIND TIPS
Do you need advice about insurance for your childcare provision, how to solve transport issues, what software to choose for your business? Find out what we offer...  

 

MORE ADVICE
If you have any questions about setting up full-year/full-day school-based childcare and holiday activities, please contact a member of the Childcare in Schools team or send us an email.
We'll do our best to find you an answer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn how schools have set up childcare on their own premises

FIND A CASE STUDY
Dolphins Out-of-School Club at Pinhoe Church School, Exeter originally set up on a not-for-profit basis, run by volunteer parents. Now it's a limited company. Find out what makes it work...
Harthill Nursery School and Children's Centre in Luton has reduced its deficit and is now on a surer business footing. It's also more inclusive to children with SEND. Find out more...
More case studies...

Tell us what makes your school-based childcare succeed. Also, schools for children with SEND face unique challenges - we'd like to hear about what works.

Why re-invent wheels? Find tip sheets and templates...

THIS MONTH'S PICKS
TIP SHEET: Hiring an apprentice   Apprentices are being hired in childcare settings and schools to supplement staff. 
Setting up childcare in schools for 2-year-olds: CHeck these FQAs. 
TIP SHEET: How schools can help to improve inclusion   A range of actions to help you make childcare more inclusive.