Childcare Free entitlement- 30 hours Capital funding Expression of Interest

To be completed by: Fri 15 Jul 2016

Time: -Fri 15 Jul 2016 | Venue:

Bradford LA expressed an interest in applying for capital funding in order to expand its current 3 and 4 year old early education places to accommodate the delivery of the additional 15 hours Childcare Entitlement.

This becomes an entitlement to eligible families of 3 and 4 year olds in September 2017.

We were notified last week that we are through to the next round and have been asked to put forward up to 6 projects.

The timescales are set by the Department for Education (DfE) and are very tight and this leaves little time for providers who do not operate over the summer months to complete this. However we wish to ensure that everyone who feels they need to expand has the opportunity to express an interest to be considered for one of the 6 projects.







Expression of Interest to returned by email to Bradford Council

By Friday 15 July 12 noon


Formal Application sent by email to successful Expression of Interest applications

By Monday 18 July 4pm

Deadline for formal applications form providers


By Thursday 18 July 4pm

Bradford Council Capital Panel meeting


Monday 22 August

Applicants informed of decision as to whether their project will be included in the LA application to the DfE

By Friday 26 August

Bradford Submission of LA application


By 31 August 2016


DFE Provider eligibility

The following types of provider are eligible for capital funding:

  • Private nurseries
  • Voluntary nurseries
  • Independent school nurseries
  • Primary schools or all-through schools with nursery provision
  • Maintained nursery schools
  • Existing schools who currently do not offer provision for 3- and 4- year-olds are eligible to submit a proposal for doing so.

Childminders: Childminders generally operate out of their own domestic premises but may operate from non-domestic premises such as schools and nurseries for up to half of their time[1]. Childminders may be involved in partnership bids with group-based providers However, childminders are not eligible to be the sole or lead provider of a project and projects involving extension or refurbishment of a childminder’s domestic premises will not be considered.

All providers must have a track record with Ofsted or the Independent Schools Inspectorate or be part of a chain that has a track record.

New providers, who do not have an Ofsted track record, will not be eligible to apply for this funding.

[1] Childminders who wish to operate from non-domestic premises for up to half their time should be aware that they must complete an Ofsted approval form available here.  We do not necessarily expect this approval to be granted at project bid stage but projects should be aware that this is a requirement by Ofsted.

If you wish to be considered please fill out the expression of interest form and return to by no later than Friday 15th July. You will then be sent a full application form to complete by the deadline.

For further information you can refer to the following documents provided to local authorities by the Department of Education/Education Funding Agency.

Early Years Capital Funding - Information for applicants

Early years Capital Fund – application Form Part B




Published: 12/07/2016
Audience: Maintained, Academy,Independent Primary and Nursery schools, Private Day Nurseries
Contact: Diane Lupton

This item has been viewed 1121 times.