The Government has announced a new £30 million fund to create more school-based nursery places for disadvantaged children. The aim of the fund is to provide high quality nursery provision in disadvantaged area of England. Nursery places must be targeted at disadvantaged children.
The fund is open to applications from primary schools, infant schools, and all-through schools, either with or without existing nursery provision. Independent schools and maintained nursery schools are not eligible to apply.
The funding is being provided through the Department for Education’s School Nurseries Capital Fund (SNCF).
When considering which projects to put forward in an application, the school(s), organisation(s), and local authority involved in developing a project should note the following:
- as part of their bid, local authorities may submit applications for new build nurseries (including modular/temporary buildings) or extensions, refurbishments or 6 conversions of surplus school capacity, or existing buildings including creating kitchen facilities
- information and communication technology (ICT) hardware or software, fixtures, fittings and equipment (FF&E), and ICT infrastructure (cabling, wireless and switching) are eligible if they form part of a new build project. For details, please refer to the published guidelines within the Generic Design Brief.
The department is encouraging schools, academies, multi-academy trusts, educational institutions, charities or any other interested organisations to work closely with each other and in partnership with their local authorities to develop an application.
The application form will be published on the 24th September and the closing date for applications is the 22nd November 2018.