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12 February 2015

UK government opens competition for childcare information portal

Finding suitable childcare can be a taxing endeavour for parents and caretakers, one made more difficult by a lack of information on available options. Recognising this, the UK Department of Education (DfE) is creating a portal that gathers accurate childcare information in one place, helping parents to make an informed decision.

DfE has opened a competition to create a “new, engaging and innovative” solution that provides comprehensive childcare services data in an accessible manner. The government body notes that solutions provided by the private sector often have too narrow a focus to be considered complete, or are updated too infrequently. Up to £200,000 is available for the prototype development of the solution.

To take part, prospective applicants must register their interest by 25 March 2015, with the closing date for submissions 1 April. A briefing event for potential applicants will be held in March, with potential developers encouraged to participate. Applicants must register their interest in attending the briefing by 13 February.

For more information, visit innovateuk.org.