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30 Hours Free Childcare for 3 and 4 year olds

The universal entitlement for all 3 and 4 years olds is 15 hours per week for 38 weeks (570 hours) of early education. The extended entitlement provides an additional 15 hours for children where parents are eligible. The 30 hour free childcare extended entitlement is…

30 Hours Free Childcare Frequently Asked Questions

The 30 hour extended entitlement can be confusing and overwhelming for a parent.  Take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and find details of additional support.   

Becoming a Registered Childminder

If you are thinking about registering as a childminder you need to have undertaken training and suitability checks. If you want to be paid to look after children under 8 years old for more than 2 hours a day, you must: Register with Ofsted on the…

Childcare and Early Years

Are you looking for childcare and don't know where to begin? Finding the right care for your child is really important.  Give yourself plenty of time to look in to different options available.  There are many childcare options available in Cumbria, you can find details about the different childcare providers below or…

Childcare Sufficiency Report

Childcare Sufficiency Report The Childcare Act 2006 places a duty on local authorities to ensure, that provision of childcare is sufficient to meet the needs of parents in their area, in order for them to work or undertake education or training. Cumbria's Childcare Sufficiency report…

Childcare support while you study

Some of your options available are:

Cumbria Holiday Activity Programme

The Cumbria Holiday Activity Programme is aimed at children and young people who receive benefits-related free school meals. Some activities are available to all children, but there may be a cost - please check the details for each activity.   

Disability Access Fund (DAF)

The Disability Access Fund is to support access to early years free entitlement places for 3 and 4 year olds. It supports children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The intention of this funding is to support childcare providers in making reasonable adjustments to their…

Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is extra government funding that supports children who are 3 and 4 year old in their development, learning and care. The extra funding which is paid to the childcare provider can be used to assist the improvement of a child's early education.…

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