The Department for Education
(DfE) is responsible for education and children's services in England. It works to achieve a highly educated society in which opportunity is equal for children and young people, no matter what their background or family circumstances. DfE is a ministerial department, supported by 9 agencies and public bodies.
Whilst there are a number of market-led websites and apps that help parents to find suitable childcare, none has achieved the status of "the place to go" and none provide comprehensive information about the entire range of childcare options (e.g. often they focus just on child-minders or nurseries).
In this competition, DfE is seeking the development of a new, engaging and innovative solution which provides accurate information about childcare provision for parents. The solution will enable parents to make informed decisions about what childcare is best for their children, taking into account a wide range of factors. It should be easy to use and provide timely, accurate data. DfE, supported by Innovate UK is using Phase 2 of the SBRI process to support the prototype development of selected proposed solutions. A total of up to £200k (inc VAT) is allocated to this Phase 2 only competition.
DfE intends holding a high profile briefing event for potential applicants in early March. Applicants and potential developers should be willing to participate fully at the event and as the competition progresses. For further information or to register for the briefing event please contact:
• Hannah Yates, Department for Education
• Telephone: 01616001662
Interested organisations should register their interest in attending the briefing event with DfE by email by no later than 13 February 2015.
How to apply
All bids should be made using the "Register & Apply" button above.
Open Date: 2 February 2015
Registration Date: 12.00 noon 25 March 2015
Close Date: 12.00 noon 1 April 2015