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Childcare Strategy

The Programme for Government 2011-15 commits the Executive to publish and implement a Childcare Strategy with key actions to provide integrated and affordable childcare.

Bright Start - A Strategic Framework and Key First Actions

Bright Start - The Executive's Programme for Affordable and Integrated Childcare (A Strategic Framework and Key First Actions) sets out the framework, principles and a range of key first actions to help deliver the Executive’s vision for childcare. It allows for further engagement to take place with key stakeholders to inform the final Childcare Strategy to be published in 2014.
Bright Start sets out the broad direction of travel for the Childcare Strategy and identifies 15 key first actions that will be put in place to address the main priorities identified during consultation and research.
You can access the document at the link below:

School Age Childcare Grant Scheme

The Bright Start School Age Childcare Grant Scheme was launched on the 27 March 2014. To date, OFMDFM has held two calls for applications ending on the 16th May 2014 and 30th September 2014.  A third call for funding is proposed for late 2015.
To register your interest, please fill in the below expression of interest form and send to the contact details listed on the form.

Related publications

In December 2012, OFMDFM published 'Towards a Childcare Strategy' for consultation. The consultation closed on 5 March 2013. During the consultation period, the Department received 65 written responses and organised a series of public consultation events.
You can download the consultation document, a summary of the written responses and a summary of the main issues raised at the public consultation events using the links below.

Published Research

Contact us

For further information please contact:
Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister
Childcare Unit
Room E3.18
Castle Buildings
Stormont Estate
Belfast BT4 3SR
Telephone:028 9052 2904 or 028 9052 8659

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