Early Childcare & Learning - Information for Providers
The care environment and the learning opportunities you provide are vital to the personal growth of every child in Moray.
To make sure we continue to give our young people the best possible start in life we call on early years and childcare providers to work with us and our partners to develop a more flexible system that allows us to close the attainment gap while providing more opportunities for parents and carers.
We are working towards a more flexible approach to early years and childcare which, in time, could mean offering more early years childcare outwith the traditional term time system of morning or afternoon sessions. In the meantime, the phased introduction of the increased entitlement to 1,140 funded hours will give you the opportunity to assess how you can best assist with this transition. We will contact you for input and feedback throughout the transition process.
This section will be updated as the roll-out of increased provision starts. Please check back regularly for updates.
We are available to assist with any queries you have on provision of hours, staffing needs, building/capacity issues, catering and making sure you meet your statutory requirements.
In order to meet the demand for the increase in funded early learning and childcare hours you may need to increase the number of people you employ or the hours of those already employed.
You may wish to discuss training needs with our partners at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) or enquire about courses/graduates from Moray College.
You can apply for grants for infrastructure improvements and staff development.
Infrastructure improvements: Up to £100,000 is available for providers with funded places in non-council owned properties. Apply for up to £25,000 per setting under he following headings: start-up grant, increasing capacity, outdoor space, general accommodation improvements/extension and family spaces.
Staff training: Up to £20,000 is available for those who would like help with staff training and development as the early years childcare expansion rolls out.
Applications are open from 14 November 2017 and close on 31 March 2018.
Contact us to request further information.
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