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

Fundamental British Values

Fundamental British Values

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act (2015) places a duty on early years providers to have regard to the government's statutory guidance Working together to safeguard children (2018) and to the Prevent Duty Guidance for England and Wales (2015)

In July 2015, the Prevent Duty became law, the guidance states that ‘schools and early years providers have a responsibility to actively promote these fundamental British values’:

  • Promoting Democracy (making decisions together)
  • Promoting the Rule of Law (understanding rules and boundaries)
  • Individual Liberty ( freedom for all)
  • Mutual Respect and Tolerance (treat others as you want to be treated yourself)

As an early years setting you should already be promoting the values of Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect and Tolerance as these are all represented within the Human Rights Act (1998) and the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (1989) The UK government is upholding these rights by asking schools and settings to actively promote British Values.


You may also be interested in the Prevent training offered by Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Partnership.

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