Education news

Posted on 05 June 2017

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Childcare Works

Posted on 02 June 2017

Together with Hempsall’s and Action for Children we have been appointed by The Department for Education to support Childcare Works, a new project that will see the extended entitlement of free childcare for working parents rise to 30 hours. The additional 15 hours of free childcare will help families by reducing the cost of childcare and will support parents into work or to work more hours should they wish to do so.


Childcare Works aims to deliver high quality childcare for two, three and four-year-olds in an accessible, flexible and affordable way. Mott MacDonald and Hempsall’s will work directly with providers, local authority early years teams, their partners and central government to implement the project. Action for Children has joined the Childcare Works national delivery team, bringing their additional sector knowledge, specialist expertise and reach across the country.

The appointment follows the partnership’s success in delivering Achieving Two Year Olds, an initiative that offered free early years’ entitlement for the least advantaged two-year-olds which saw take-up levels rise to nearly 70% of eligible children.

We know such reforms bring many challenges, however we are a team experienced in finding solutions as we did with the two-year-old entitlement. We will be providing a data and intelligence led approach, where our universal offer to all local authorities in England is overlaid with a significant allocation of resource to a targeted programme. This programme will focus on addressing the barriers to implementation and direct time and effort where it is needed most and have the biggest impact.

James Hempsall

National programme director for Childcare Works

Childcare Works has developed a robust programme of practical, high-quality and effective support and solutions for all providers and every local authority. We will be strongly focused on sufficiency, flexibility, two-year-olds and access for children with special educational needs and disability. Our role will be to support many of these outcomes and we are delighted to be part of the team.

Sue Robb

Head of early years at Action for Children

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Posted on 01 June 2017

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