The DfE has revealed plans which will mean that schools will list information about their childcare provision from next year. Details will include school places, after school care availability, holiday care and full-time nursery provision.
The announcement comes following a recent report which suggests that parents are unaware of the full childcare provision in their local area.
It is hoped that one of the benefits brought about by the change will include making it easier for parents to access 15 hours of free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds.
Sam Gyimah, childcare minister, said:
“Getting the right childcare is one of the most important decisions any parent makes – we want to make it easier for families to find and access as many high-quality options as simply as possible.”
As well as improving choice, the quality of childcare available will also be boosted by an announcement that Teach First is expanding the number of places on their early years programme from 38 to 82 for 2015-16.
Chief executive of National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA), Purnima Tanuku, said:
“Parents want and need to know about the full range of childcare options available to them locally, including schools, nurseries and childminders.
‘Under the Childcare Act, local authorities have a duty to provide information about all types of childcare providers.
‘The DfE is currently tendering for a one-stop-shop website and app which will list all childcare options for parents. Publication of these performance tables should go hand in hand with this app so that there is a full range of information available to parents, rather than schools being prioritised.”
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