Childcare providers' support
Funding and financial help
Advertise your childcare service
To advertise your childcare service for free with the Early Years and Childcare Sufficiency Team, please contact the Early Years and Childcare Sufficiency Team.
We will take details of your service, including vacancies, opening hours, fees, school pick-ups etc and store them on our database. Information will be sent to parents and professionals seeking advice about childcare and early years provision in Calderdale.
Marketing your business
We can also support with advice on marketing your business. Before undertaking any marketing, you need to decide what your ‘unique selling point’ is - what makes your business different to others in the area? It is important that you know where your business is coming from. This will tell you how effective your marketing activities have been. The key to success is understanding and meeting your customers’ needs and regularly reviewing and updating this information. For information on the childcare market in Calderdale, please visit Childcare sufficiency assessment
Early Education Funding (EEF)
Early Education Funding (EEF) is paid to eligible early years providers for delivering the free flexible early education entitlement of 15 hours/week for eligible 2, 3 and 4 year olds. The new Statutory Guidance, which took effect from 1 September 2013, has now been published and your Provider Agreement reflects this guidance. Early Education and Childcare|
The process for claiming EEF is detailed in your Provider Agreement and the main steps are outlined below.
- You must provide us with a reliable estimate of your total claim before the start of each term to enable us to make your initial payment.
- Prior to the start of each term we will email you a list of deadline dates and useful supporting information.
- Headcount day is the third Thursday in term (unless otherwise stated). All EEF claims for 2, 3 and 4 year olds are now submitted via an online secure document system.
- Failure to return your headcount form on time will result in a delayed payment to your setting.
For further help or advice on any funding issues relating to Free Early Learning and the Headcount process or how to complete the forms, please contact the Early Years and Childcare Sufficiency Team.
The calendar below indicates the Headcount day for each term, the term start and finish dates, plus other supporting information:
Nursery Milk Scheme
Under the Nursery Milk Scheme, children under 5 can receive free of charge 189 ml (1/3 pint) of milk for each day they attend approved day care facilities for 2 hours or more.
Babies aged under 12 months may instead receive dried baby milk made up to 189ml (1/3 pint).
Day care providers who have been approved to supply milk under the scheme can be reimbursed the cost of the milk they supply. For more details of the scheme please visit - Nursery Milk|