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The Wizard Shortlisted

Northumberland County Council has been shortlisted in two categories at this year's prestigious Municipal Journal Awards which recognise outstanding achievement in local government. The council has been shortlisted in the Digital Transformation and Transforming Workforce Improvement categories.

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Northumberland praised.

The Northumberland County Council Early Years Team have received praise from the Department for Education for their effective roll out of free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds. Northumberland County Council was one of eight local authorities nationally - the Early Implementers - to take part in the pilot scheme to offer eligible families 30 hours of free childcare for 3-4 year olds.

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Exemplar Award

The Exemplar Award is awarded to a council for the best example or demonstration of local address and/or street datasets providing quantifiable benefits. This year's winner is Northumberland County Council for its pilot project rolling out 30 hours' free childcare a year in advance of full availability nationally, doubling the existing free childcare for 3-4 year olds.

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Award winning

Northumberland County Council Early Years Team, in partnership with Information Services, have been awarded with the Childcare Works Innovation award in recognition of their bespoke digital system called The Wizard.

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Some Wizard Facts for Northumberland...

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We aren't done yet! New modules are being developed.

We recently released a Disability Access Fund module which lets providers and parents submit a claim and upload images to confirm their entitlement to DLA.

Already, over 60 claims have been submitted and evidence uploaded.

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But what about BS7666? It's something to do with addresses...

Our developers are pretty gazetteer savvy, having developed multiple Geoplace Examplar award winning applications over the last ten years. So don't stress on the LLPG, NLPG, UPRN or any of those other acronyms initialisms. We've got you covered on that one.

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So who's on board?

We are so impressed with The Wizard that we are letting other authorities jump on board.

We didn't have to go far to find our first customer. Where's our next one coming from...?

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Want to know more? Easy!

Here at Northumberland we love talking about The Wizard. Just give us your contact details and we'll be in touch. We don't use salespersons, or work on commission, or pass your details onto anyone else, or stick you on a mailing list, so don't worry!

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