We use this information to provide a Families Information Service Hub (FISH), who deliver impartial information advice and support to parents/carers and prospective parents, childcare providers and other professionals and an Early Years childcare development service for the local childcare sector.
These services include:
- providing information on the free early education entitlements to parents of children aged 2, 3 and 4 years old
- undertaking childcare searches, a brokerage service to parents and emergency funding for vulnerable children
- maintaining a Family Services Directory of childcare providers and other services for families
- publishing information for parents and childcare providers through childcare mailouts, bulletins and the FISH website
- ensuring sufficient childcare for working parents and monitor the state of the local childcare market for children aged 0-14 yrs (18 yrs for disabled children)
- providing support and advice to the local childcare sector and developing the workforce
- maintaining a disability register (Look Ahead) to provide information to parents of children with SEND
- providing support to young people with SEND through the focus group (TYLER)
- dealing with fostering and adoption enquiries to prospective parents.
Free Early Education for 2, 3 and 4-year-olds - schools, day nurseries, pre-schools and childminders collect information on our behalf so that we can:
- ensure that the appropriate funding is given to childcare providers to enable all eligible children to receive their entitlement to free early education
- check parent’s eligibility for free early education for 2 yr olds and the 30hrs offer for 3 and 4 yr olds, Early Years Pupil Premium funding and Disability Access Funding
- monitor take-up of free early education places and identify areas where there may not be sufficient places available
- carry out audits and checks of childcare providers to ensure funding is being used appropriately
- report to the Department for Education on take-up of free early education in the East Riding and send in annual census returns on numbers and characteristics of children taking free early education.
Deliver childcare directly in our day nurseries for babies and children on a paid for basis and 2, 3 and 4-year-olds who receive free early education, which includes:
- caring for children and support their learning and development
- monitoring and assessing children’s progress and report to parents
- checking parent’s eligibility for free early education for 2 yr olds and the 30hrs offer for 3 and 4-year-olds, Early Years Pupil Premium funding and Disability Access Funding
- assessing the quality of our childcare service to ensure continuous improvements.