Sue Robb of 4Children talks to Julie Laughton and Alison Britton from the Department for Education about the role of childminders in delivering the 30 hours free entitlement.
The three councils have published a tender for a contract to replace their current financial systems, as a part of a wider move to create shared front and back office services across a number of delivery areas.
The tender says: “The Councils have identified the need to use a common financial management system to enable sharing and to maximise cashable and non-cashable benefits.
“It has therefore been decided to replace all three Councils current financial systems with a modern and flexible system common across the three Councils.”
The contract is planned to be split into two phases, with the first phase covering the supply, configuration, implementation and testing of the system, and the second phase covering hosting, support and maintenance services.
The plans will cost the councils an estimated £750 million collectively, but it is expected to pay for itself within five years.