LAB for Local Authorities


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Childcare is changing

Childcare is changing. Local Authorities and childcare Providers have the unique opportunity to embrace a huge expansion in childcare provision. To support this, we will listen to what Local Authorities and Providers need and create expert resources, tools and guidance in response. These developing resources will be hosted on the LAB: a place to share what’s working as the programme takes shape.

The LAB: a learning website

The LAB is a learning website that seamlessly connects  LA staff implementing the early years and wraparound childcare policies to a wide range of high-quality knowledge and learning resources. In the LAB you have:

  1. Comprehensive access: The LAB provides a single gateway for LAs to access various resources, including case studies, DfE guidance, articles, e-books, and evidence summary tools.
  2. Single search: With the LAB, you can perform a single search to find relevant information. It aggregates all the essential resources in one place, making it easier for Local Authority professionals to access the knowledge they need.
  3. Free access: LA staff can access the LAB free of charge.
  4. Quality assurance: By using the LAB, you can avoid less reliable sources that you might encounter during a general web search. Instead, you will have access to trustworthy and evidence-based expertly curated content.
  5. Expert support: If you need assistance or have questions related to the LAB, reach out delivery support partner Childcare Works who can provide guidance and support.

Who is the LAB for?

The LAB has been created for Local Authority members of staff who are working on the roll-out of the new childcare entitlements and wraparound care programme.

How does the LAB work?

The LAB is a one-stop shop for all currently available resources relating to the new childcare entitlements and wraparound care programme.

Here you can expect to find:

  • Vodcasts
  • How to guides
  • Blogs
  • Top Tips
  • Business Case Templates
  • Case studies

The LAB will be regularly updated with both new Childcare Works resources and links to resources from other organisations.

Where to start?

If you are just getting started with the LAB, you will need to register here. You will then receive a confirmation email when your email address has been verified, giving you access to the LAB. The LAB is password protected as it contains some resources that are confidential and others that are still in development.

When you have access to the LAB, you will see separate sections for early years resources and wraparound resources to help you find what you need. You can also use the search tool to find specific resources.

Can’t find what you are looking for? Let us know and we will do our best to help.

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LAB Resources

Browse the current resources available for local authorities to support the implementation of the early years and wraparound childcare expansion project.

Early Years Wraparound Childcare

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