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Department for Education call for early years partnerships demonstrations project

The Department for Education (DfE) are looking for schools and Private Voluntary Independents (PVIs) involved in partnerships or interested in establishing one to take part in a project.

Since the government’s announcement of 30 hours of free childcare for working parents from September 2017, the DfE have been researching how to make this work. One area that they are particularly keen to understand and promote are partnerships between schools and third party providers for early years.

The DfE are therefore undertaking a project between November 2015 and March 2016, to work with schools partnered with providers, and sessional providers partnered with other providers to:

  • Draw out learning, good practice and case studies
  • Help existing partnerships to prepare for the introduction of the 30 hours entitlement by offering them support to develop business plans. This will include
    • Existing partnerships that don’t already offer a 30 hours-type service;
    • Existing partnerships that do already offer a 30 hours-type service but may need to modify their offer or arrangements as a result of its introduction.
    • They will also help those interested in forming partnerships to do so in a way that prepares them for the introduction of the 30 hours entitlement. Any school interested in this should contact Neil.Dube@education.gsi.gov.uk to express interest in taking part.          


What is expected of me as a participant?If you are already involved in a partnership we would like to explore with your partner(s) what your partnership does, your experience of working in partnership, what works, what does not etc. We will also offer you business planning support ahead of the introduction of the 30 hours entitlement. If you are not in a partnership, but interested in establishing one, we will work with you and your prospective partner(s) to help get your partnership established, and to carry out initial business planning.


What else do I need to know? We are likely to be holding project launch and closing events, probably in London, and we strongly encourage participants to attend. In previous projects, we have found these events to be invaluable in letting people discuss and share experiences, as well as ensuring everyone understands the aims of the project and their roles.


Page Published: 01/12/2015