11th August 2015

Hounslow and Manchester Councils go live with Two Year Old Funded Early Education App

Hounslow Borough Council and Manchester City Council are the first UK authorities to go live with Open Objects’ fully automated eligibility tool for two year old early education entitlement.

Hounslow Borough Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Minister for Education and Children’s Services, says:

“This new online checker will make it much easier and more efficient for families to check if they are eligible for 15 hours of free childcare for their two year old. The technology means that families get an instant answer and are directed straight to childcare providers in their local area, all in one place.

We want to provide the right services in the right place for families who need them most, and hopefully now more people will check what services they are eligible for”.

The application is unique because it is a whole end to end process within an online environment. It seamlessly takes a parent, carer or professional through a secure, dynamic form to check eligibility, provide confirmation status, and plugs-in to the Families Service Directory creating a shortlist of appropriate provision according to the applicants’ needs.

The system interfaces with the government’s Eligibility Checking System so in real time, if a child qualifies, the tool auto generates an electronic confirmation letter with a unique reference number. This letter can then be taken to an approved provider. If a child does not qualify the applicant is provided with likely reasons and if appropriate may be referred to the local authority.

To see how you can incorporate this application into your Open Objects FIS hub or stand-alone application please contact Matt Bearman matt.bearman@openobjects.com 01223 422 194

Cambridge,  August  2015

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