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The Childcare Strategy Team consists of two teams who support early years and childcare providers across the borough in relation to:

 Early Education Funding:

•   Targeted 15 hour free entitlement for 2 year olds, known as Time for Twos 
•   Universal 15 hour free entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds
•   Targeted 30 hour free entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds of some working parents, known as Extra Time
•   Early Years Inclusion Funding (EYIF)
•   Disability Access Funding
•   Early Years Pupil Premium

Childcare Provider Support:

•   Setting up childcare provision, including Ofsted registration guidance and business planning, marketing and finance
•   Statutory Childcare and Early Years place Sufficiency including Market Management
•   Support and Challenge in maintaining the Safeguarding and Welfare requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
•   Planning, commissioning and delivery of Safeguarding and Welfare mandatory training courses
•   Workforce development including safer recruitment and qualifications
•   Development of Childminding services