• Steve Stuart

Blog Post: Supporting Early Years and Childcare Providers

COVID-19 has changed how everyone conducts their business on a personal, professional and social level.


Childcare and Early Years providers are no different. They are also key links in the fight for normality amongst the uncertainty created around us by providing islands of support for the vulnerable children and those children of key workers.


But they are not immune to the pressures that this unprecedented situation has created. The DfE have created a webpage that details all of the potential packages of financial support that may be open to these establishments.


There is also a seperate page for Business Rate Relief for Nursery Settings.


But what may be the easiest way for Leaders in these settings to establish what options and support is available to them is this tool which identifies what packages are open to all companies and self employed individuals with turnovers that are in the hundred of pounds to the hundreds of millions.


The vital role which early years and childcare providers play is acknowledged in their own guidance document from the DfE which again details a range of funding and support measures.


Support can also come from local authorities by following the guidance relating to prompt payment of suppliers which will enable them to provide their critical support in these challenging times and also into the future.


Early Years Providers may also get access to extra funding via the early years pupil premium or the Disability Access Fund.


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