Wiltshire successfully bids for more than £1.4m of funding for childcare provision
I'd like to congratulate all our successful providers. All the bids were for areas of the county where we identified a need for more early years provisionLaura Mayes
Early years providers in Wiltshire are celebrating after securing more than £1.4m worth of funding to provide childcare provision across the county.
The Department for Education invited bids for Early Years funding as part of a £50m grant scheme to help deliver the government's scheme for 30 hours free childcare offer from September 2017.
The bid round targeted grants to areas where there was a need for additional places to support the delivery of the 30 hours offer. Each bidder was required to contribute at least 25 percent of the total funding they requested.
This week it was confirmed six bids from Wiltshire were successful in receiving capital grants. Wiltshire Council supported the providers bidding for the funding.
Laura Mayes, cabinet member for children's services said: "The cost of childcare is often a barrier for parents wishing to return to work and the success of these bids will help to provide sufficient places in Wiltshire and support parents to be able to access affordable childcare.
"I'd like to congratulate all our successful providers. All the bids were for areas of the county where we identified a need for more early years provision. These successful bids will help us to support parents wanting to take up their 30 hours free entitlement and ensure we provide sufficient early years and childcare in the county."
Old Sarum Nursery, a not for profit charity, successfully bid for £666,120 to build a new nursery school for the new communities of Old Sarum and Longhedge near Salisbury to help double the number of nursery places available.
Natalie Moss, chair of Old Sarum Nursery said: "We have established and currently run two nursery schools in Old Sarum, but we are delighted to have been given an opportunity to serve this fast-growing community by providing children with the best possible start in life, the confidence to achieve their full potential and prepare them for the rest of their education."
The Mead School successfully bid for £141,854 to build a nursery on the school site at Hilperton in Trowbridge.
Headteacher Emma Holton said: "Ever since The Mead opened in 2001, we have held the ambition of having a nursery as part of our provision and we are over the moon to finally be able to fulfil our dream and add the final missing piece to our school family jigsaw puzzle. We are excited about the opportunities that having a nursery on site will provide our children in developing the characteristics of effective learning and skills that are essential for school readiness. We also feel strongly that this will be of great benefit to local families as they will be able to access the 30 hours free entitlement for working parents from September 2017 at The Mead."