Image demonstrating Northumberland Early Years Team presented with Innovation Award

Northumberland Early Years Team presented with Innovation Award

Northumberland County Council Early Years Team, in partnership with Information Services, have been awarded with the Childcare Works Innovation award in recognition of their bespoke digital system called ‘The Wizard’.

‘The Wizard’ is a bespoke digital platform, a secure cloud based application that enables paperless communication for parents and childcare providers, originally set up to help with the management, implementation and delivery of 30 free childcare across Northumberland.

The programme was initially developed to address the challenges of the local 30 childcare pilot; to streamline and reduce the administrative burden and processes needed to secure the rapid expansion of places within a complex childcare market, with large pockets of rurality. It is being further developed to encompass all early years funding.

Councillor Wayne Daley, cabinet member for children’s services said: “Congratulations to the Early Years team and their deserved recognition of the development of ‘The Wizard’.

“As an early implementer of the 30 hours free childcare, we have worked hard to provide families throughout Northumberland with support to receive this additional childcare.

“The Wizard platform has not only greatly benefited the Early Years team but also the Local Authority to ensure a smooth transition and implementation of the scheme throughout the county.”

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