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Invitation to Tender – GREAT Project Childcare & Creche Provision

We are currently inviting applications from providers who are able to supply The GREAT Project with Childcare and Creche provision.

Voluntary Action LeicesterShire (VAL) is the lead for the Big Lottery Fund / ESF Building Better Opportunities ‘In Support of Family Inclusion’ in the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership area (

This is part of the European Structural Investment Fund Thematic Objective 9 and the specification can be found here:

The Getting Ready for Employment and Training (GREAT) Project is a free service designed to give members of families, who are not currently employed, the support they need to find work or training opportunities. The project has completed its initial 3 year phase and has been extended until the end of February 2022.

We are currently inviting applications from providers who are able to provide mobile, ‘pop up’ and flexible childcare and crèche provision to complement our programme of activities for Great Project Participants where childcare has been identified as a barrier.

This service will work across Leicester and Leicestershire delivering childcare & crèche provision.

  • Contract value: Up to £38,300k
  • Publication date: 13th February 2020, 12:00pm noon
  • Closing date: 11th March 2020, 12:00pm noon
  • Contract start date: 20th April 2020
  • Contract end date: 28th February 2022
  • Contract is suitable for SMEs? Yes
  • Contract is suitable for VCSEs? Yes
  • Notice type: Opportunity
  • Notice status: Open

How to apply

Application forms can be submitted by email to, with the subject line ‘Childcare’, or by post to Vandna Gohil, VAL, 9 Newarke Street, Leicester LE 1 5SN

For clarifications, please send written queries to A response will be given within 24 hours of the query being raised. The questions and answers document will be made available on the VAL Website which will be updated within 48 hours of the query being made.

The deadline for queries relating to this specification is 9am on 5th March 2020.