Sunny Days visits 10 Downing Street

19 July 2019

Sunny Days at 10 Downing Street

In April 2017 the government was discussing its latest initiative in funded childcare hours and as an experienced childcare provider Sunny Days was invited to trial the new 30hr scheme.  The full UK implementation of funding was due to start in August 2017 and therefore Sunny Days was asked to trial the scheme for 6 months and feedback to the government and HMRC thoughts and improvements that were needed.  In order for us to take this on and provide essential feedback to HMRC we had to get up to speed on the new procedures, take on extra administration and staff to implement the changes.  We liaised with HMRC regularly throughout the 6 months.  

As part of the trial owners David Scadden and Aimée Scadden were invited to No. 10 Downing Street to meet with ministers, civil servants and the dedicated HMRC team to present our thoughts.  We were asked to bring a parent with us to demonstrate how one goes about setting up their account and apply for the eligibility to code to receive the hours.  We spoke about how the implementation of these new hours would positively affect our local parents in Dorset, allowing more children access to valuable childcare.  

After this visit David had weekly conference calls with HMRC, helping to iron out the many issues and glitches that appear as new national schemes are put into practice.  As well as this David visited Westminster on numerous occasions to meet with the HMRC team as well as the department of education and Tracey Brabin.  

We are very proud of the work we have done with the government to help get this valuable scheme up and running in the UK.  Our experience and close working relationships with our parents meant that we were ideally suited to trial the scheme and offer advice and feedback on how it could best work.  

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