Jane Imrie

Boost for North Yorkshire early years providers with £1.4m fund

Businesses specialising in early years care may be eligible for a financial boost with the launch of a new multi-million pound fund.

North Yorkshire County Council has unveiled a new funding package on offer for early years firms in the private, voluntary and independent sectors who are operating during the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The financial support package will include an up-front payment for the summer term for registered funded providers and payment for providers that remained open during the Easter holidays.

In addition, a support fund of up to £1.4m will be available for providers to continue being open and also to support the sector to recover when current restrictions are removed.

Cllr Patrick Mulligan, North Yorkshire’s executive member for education and skills, commented: “We took the decision to draw from our own funds for this crucial support which will be focused on providing financial assistance to those early years’ providers that have remained open during this extremely challenging period and are committed to remain open in future months.

“We believe very strongly that early years’ providers are an essential part of the current childcare support network across the county and we recognise that many have gone above and beyond their normal offer in order to support families with critical workers as well as vulnerable families and we are extremely grateful for this.”

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