Wraparound Childcare Grant

The government’s ambition is that all parents and carers of primary school-aged children who need it should be able to access term time childcare in their local area from 8am-6pm. Hampshire County Council has been allocated £5m over two years to enable schools and local areas to set up wraparound childcare provision.

The funding is for schools and childcare provider partners (including childminders) endorsed by a school to introduce or expand childcare provision on either side of the school day and enable them to test flexible ways of providing childcare and gather evidence of what works. The funding period will run until April 2026, and the government expects that most schools will be able to deliver wraparound childcare that is self-financing and sustainable by September 2026.

The Grant is available for schools and trusts educating primary school aged children in supporting parents to access wraparound childcare in Hampshire. The funding is not designed to cover costs of delivering wraparound in the long term but should contribute to the set-up or expansion phase. Parents will need to pay for wraparound childcare, these charges should be in line with the guidance on charging for school activities.

All grant applications must comply with the DfE criteria outlined in the Wraparound childcare guidance for schools

Eligibility

The grant is available to all schools and trusts educating primary school aged children within the Hampshire County Council authority area.

Childcare providers may apply if they are endorsed by a school to deliver provision, this includes childminders. All provision must be registered with Ofsted on the appropriate register according to the age of the children, or via a childminder agency.

When and how to apply

Closing date for applications is 5pm, 17 May 2024.

We aim for applications to be evaluated and awarded by 30 June 2024.

Please see the Wraparound Grant - Application guidance  for more information.

Applications should be submitted using the Application form

Supporting documentation:

Funding calculator

Wraparound childcare - Grant Agreement

Draft Quality framework

A second round will open on 2 September 2024.

Contact us

For more information or an informal discussion please email the team via our General Enquiry form and select the wraparound care option.