The 30-hours initiative is driving major change across the Early Years sector. To meet ever-increasing demands with static levels of funding and increasing costs, every provider is being forced to scrutinise their delivery model and implement changes in order to survive.
But some providers are finding it difficult to adapt; they lack the knowledge to understand their business and they are inexperienced in managing the changes needed to transform the way they operate. So instead of moving ahead, they are choosing not to offer the 30-hours extended entitlement or to restrict significantly the number of places they make available, threatening the potential success of the scheme.
To accelerate the implementation of the 30-hours entitlement, DfE has launched the Delivery Support Fund (DSF) to aid local authorities in supporting their providers to create additional capacity. This fund can be used to upskill Business Support Advisers so that they can provide the best possible guidance to their providers.
The Childcare Business Advisers Programme, now in its 6th year, gives Early Years advisers and consultants in Local Authorities the skills they need to support providers in achieving a successful 30-hours service. Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the UK’s leading professional body for managers, consultants and business advisers, leads to the CMI Level 5 Award in Business Support. This nationally-recognised qualification allows participants to demonstrate their credentials and ability, as well as engaging in valuable Continuous Professional Development.
We are currently offering a special 30-hours version of the programme. By focusing on important skills including Business Planning, Change Management and Funding Strategy, the programme allows advisers to maximise the impact they make with their providers, ensuring long-term sustainability of Early Years provision.
This tailored version meets the needs of Local Authorities who have applied for the DfE Delivery Support Fund (DSF) to support the development of additional 30 hours places.
This course will be available in Central London starting in March and in the North West starting in April.
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If you are interested in attending in the North West please email firstname.lastname@example.org as we are currently gauging the level of interest.
The programme can also be delivered at preferential rates if you have a number of people to train and would like to host the programme as an in-house course please email email@example.com if you are interested in this option.
We also offer a Professional Consulting Skills route within the programme which is designed to enhance the skills and competencies needed by independent practitioners to provide effective support to owners and managers of childcare settings. This course is approved by NEyTCO and is suitable for all advisers, consultants and trainers working with Early Years settings, and anyone considering setting-up as a consultant. Successful completion leads to the CMI Level 5 Award in Professional Consulting. This is not available as part of the tailored 30 hours programme. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in this option.