Despite the vital role the wraparound and holiday care sector plays in caring for children outside of school hours, it has been forgotten by the Government and received no direct financial support. The sector requires emergency funding to retain staff and keep services open.
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1. Coronavirus (COVID-19): adult social care action plan
15/04/2020 - Department of Health and Social Care
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15 April 2020
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2. Revised and updated Impact Assessment from the Department for Health and Social Care (PDF)
26/03/2020 - Bill Documents
Emergency registration of health profe
3. Revised and updated Impact Assessment from the Department for Health and Social Care
26/03/2020 - Bill Documents
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4 Survey of Childcare and Early Years Providers
5 Summary of responses received and the government™s
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1. Early Years Settings: Covid-19
12/01/2021 - Westminster Hall
1: you, if I may, to the early years leaders, the staff and the childminders up and down the country who - Speech Link
2. Free Childcare
09/03/2020 - Westminster Hall
1: Campaigning on issues that are important to us is a vital democratic right, and for hundreds of years petitions - Speech Link
3. Covid-19: Social Care Services
23/04/2020 - Lords Chamber
1: of social and domiciliary care for disabled and vulnerable adults and children, and the case for ensuring - Speech Link
2: have died from this terrible disease in hospitals, care homes and their own homes. We know that the true - Speech Link
4. Local Government Responsibilities: Public Services
18/03/2020 - Commons Chamber
1: responsibilities for public services, including social care.In the coming weeks and months, it is right - Speech Link
5. Oral Answers to Questions
07/09/2020 - Commons Chamber
1: young person was seriously hurt on their way to school in Suffolk today. Our thoughts are very much with - Speech Link
2: government and closely with the higher education sector, utilising the higher education taskforce I have - Speech Link
3: facilities and to fund the expansion of wellbeing and support services and other important areas of university - Speech Link
4: on top of our announcement for additional funding to support high-cost subjects and the announcements - Speech Link
6. Supporting Disadvantaged Families
09/11/2020 - Commons Chamber
1: Government have put an unprecedented package of support in place to strengthen the safety net for individuals - Speech Link
7. Oral Answers to Questions
02/03/2020 - Commons Chamber
1: departmental funding, when will the Secretary of State properly tackle the fact that far too many children in our - Speech Link
2: certainly my impression from conversations I had with school leaders—and we want to continue to build on that - Speech Link
3: the total schools block grant in my constituency has gone down, whereas funding across London regionally - Speech Link
4: formula to ensure fair funding across the country in every single constituency. I know that my hon. Friend - Speech Link
5: hon. Friend for his earlier answer. The national funding formula is letting down some of Clacton’s schools - Speech Link
8. Carers Action Plan 2018-20: Supporting Carers Today
21/06/2018 - Lords Chamber
1: commitment to focus on carers in the forthcoming social care Green Paper, I thank all noble Lords taking part - Speech Link
9. Oral Answers to Questions
12/10/2020 - Commons Chamber
1: That is why our lifetime skills guarantee is so vital to ensure that people right across the country have - Speech Link
2: House recognises the value that all children gain from being in school with their teachers and having the - Speech Link
3: to bulk-buy childcare hours from the sector at pre-covid levels, even if providers had closed due to the - Speech Link
4: flexible childcare fund to support parents and children with holiday and wraparound care. What progress is being - Speech Link
5: affordable out-of-school childcare, and that is particularly important during the school summer holidays - Speech Link
14/05/2019 - Commons Chamber
1: to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care or his Ministers since 9 July 2018 including impact - Speech Link
2: does. We are seeing a huge rise in the number of children living in poverty and an explosion not just in - Speech Link
3: now time for the Government to listen and take urgent action to address these serious problems that are - Speech Link
4: expectancy cannot continue indefinitely, but we need urgent investigation into what is happening here in the - Speech Link
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The Government has made a range of financial support available for businesses, including wraparound providers. This includes loans, cash grants, tax relief, and local authority discretionary funding.
The Government recognises the important role wraparound care providers play in providing enriching activities to children and young people that promote their wellbeing; and, in particular, the valuable support they provide to vulnerable children, as well as to parents and carers, in terms of supporting their childcare needs. Ensuring sufficient childcare for families continues to remain a government priority. This is why we have ensured these settings have been able to stay open throughout the pandemic, for all children eligible to attend school for on-site provision.
We appreciate that the wraparound childcare sector, like many sectors, is facing unprecedented financial pressures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is for this reason the Government has made a range of financial packages of support available for businesses to access throughout the current crisis. This includes tax relief, business loans or cash grants through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, and the Self-Employed Support Scheme, as well as a £594 million discretionary fund for councils and the Devolved Administrations to support local businesses that may not be eligible for other support, during the current national lockdown.
Given the value this sector offers to our children and young people, the Department for Education (DfE) have encouraged all local authorities to consider using local grants, that have been made available to them by government, to support childcare providers who may be financially struggling in their local areas, and to safeguard sufficient childcare provision for children of critical workers and vulnerable children. This includes the discretionary funding, mentioned above, as well as funding streams such as the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme. The expanded HAF programme, which comprises a £220 million fund to be delivered through grants to local authorities, will be expanded to reach all local authority areas in England over the Easter, summer, and Christmas holidays in 2021.
Since the start of the pandemic, the DfE has also been in close communication with various stakeholders, including several wraparound providers, to understand the specific challenges that they are facing as a result of COVID-19, and to understand the impacts the protective measures have on sufficiency of childcare provision. However, to better understand the impact that COVID-19 has posed to the wider wraparound sector, the DfE has recently launched a survey to a sample of Ofsted-registered wraparound providers. This was issued on 26 January to up to 2,000 providers nationwide. The objectives of this survey are to gain a better understanding of how providers of wraparound childcare have been affected by the national COVID-19 (coronavirus) restrictions, in particular the most recent lockdown announced on 4 January 2020, and what this means for the provision they are currently offering.
As part of surveys to parents, the DfE has also queried the use of, and availability of, wraparound / holiday provision to support parents’ childcare needs. This has helped us to better understand the present demand for wraparound childcare, given the greater access to flexible working hours some parents have.
In addition, DfE’s REACT teams, comprising education and social care staff from both DfE and Ofsted, are also working closely with Local Authorities and will act as a valuable source of intelligence on the sufficiency of wraparound childcare places in local areas.
The collection of this data and local intelligence, alongside the DfE’s ongoing communication with sector stakeholders will help inform the governments ongoing response to the pandemic and how we may continue to best support the sector going forward.
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