January 2024 - New childcare offer for eligible working parents of 2 year olds

We are aware that some parents are experiencing difficulties with the application process for the new 2 year old funding offer, please do signpost them to HMRC Childcare Service helpline on 0300 123 4097 who will be able to advise.

Information can also be accessed through the Childcare Choices  website. As a Local Authority we have no authority on this process and currently have no additional information to that which has been published on Childcare Choices.

Early Years



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Bookstart is the world’s first national book-gifting programme run by the BookTrust and gives free books for every child aged 0-5 years in England and Wales. The main aim of the programme is to encourage a love of books, stories and rhymes in children from as young an age as possible. 

Discover more information about Bookstart and what's available  


Bookstart Pilot: 

Early Years settings are chosen to take part in the new pilot if they meet gifting criteria. Settings in Opportunity Bucks wards were chosen as gifting partners for 23-24 and will have received their book delivery in September. More information on the offer and gifting for 2024-2025 will be shared as soon as it’s available.


Dual Language

Our 2023-24 allocation of dual language books have all been allocated-thank you to all settings who ordered them. As soon as we receive new stock for 24-25 the order forms will go live again.

If in the meantime we are allocated any additional stock we will of course notify providers through Sector Updates.

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