Early Learning and Childcare Services North Lanarkshire

Early Learning and Childcare Services North Lanarkshire

It is estimated that within North Lanarkshire there are in excess of 600 families who may be eligible to receive this service, however, participation is by self-referral and this number is indicative only and not guaranteed. 

United Kingdom-Motherwell: Child daycare services

2014/S 117-207267

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

North Lanarkshire Council
Civic Centre, Windmillhill Street
For the attention of: Executive Director Corporate Services
ML1 1AB Motherwell
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1698302222

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA00010

Electronic access to information: www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk

Further information can be obtained from: North Lanarkshire Council
Kildonan Street
Contact point(s): Learning & Leisure Services
For the attention of: Louise Smith
ML5 3BT Coatbridge
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1236812219
E-mail: smithlou@northlan.gov.uk
Internet address: http://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: North Lanarkshire Council
Kildonan Street
Contact point(s): Learning & Leisure Services
For the attention of: Louise Smith
ML5 3BT Coatbridge
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1236812219
E-mail: smithlou@northlan.gov.uk
Internet address: http://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: North Lanarkshire Council
Civic Centre, Windmillhill Street
For the attention of: Executive Director Corporate Services
ML1 1AB Motherwell
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1698302222
Internet address: http://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority

I.3)Main activity

General public services

I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description

II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Early Learning and Childcare Services for 2 Year Old Children.

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 27: Other services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: North Lanarkshire.

NUTS code UKM36

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement

II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

Framework agreement with several operators
maximum number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged: 999

Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 1

Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT: 1 750 000 GBP

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 states that all Scottish Councils must offer at least 600 hours of flexible early learning and childcare to eligible 3 to 4-year old children. The Scottish Government announced in January 2014 that it would be introducing secondary legislation in association with the Act which would make 2-year old children from workless families eligible for early learning and childcare from August 2014 with the aim of providing much needed support to workless families, encouraging parents back to work and opening up more opportunities for Scotland’s most vulnerable children at an earlier age. This service is to be provided by local authorities and in this instance, North Lanarkshire Council.
The service will only be available to workless families with 2 year old children who are in receipt of any of the following benefits:
Income Support;
Job Seekers Allowance;
Employment & Support Allowance;
Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement Allowance; or
Pension Credit.
All adult persons residing at the applicant’s address must meet the above criteria – where there is one person working the family would not qualify for the service.
It is estimated that within North Lanarkshire there are in excess of 600 families who may be eligible to receive this service, however, participation is by self-referral and this number is indicative only and not guaranteed. Children become eligible in the school term following their 2nd birthday. There are 3 terms per year, August, January and April as follows:
1 March and before term start date of 18 August;
18 August and 31 December; and
1 January and 28 February.
Eligible families will be entitled to a free early learning and childcare place, which is 600 hours in a full year. This can work out at 3 hours and 10 minutes each week day during the school term-time however services may be more flexible e.g. a 2.5 hour session each weekday over a 48-week period.
Places allocated will be subject to availability within the family’s preferred area and may be in any area within North Lanarkshire however no places will be allocated outwith the council’s boundaries.
Once a place is allocated, the service provider must maintain that place until the commencement of the child’s placement under the 3 to 5-year old early learning arrangements. This will be in June 2015 or, August 2015 dependant on the pattern of uptake, whichever is first.
Changes to a family’s eligibility status during this period does not affect the allocation of the child’s placement once agreed.

Note: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland Web Site athttp://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/Search/Search_Switch.aspx?ID=308215

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

85312110

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

II.1.8)Lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

Estimated value excluding VAT: 1 750 000 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 12 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

Where a consortium or other grouping of suppliers submits a bid, such consortia or grouping must nominate a lead organisation to deal with the council on all matters relating to the framework agreement. All consortium members or grouping will be required to be jointly and severally liable in respect to the obligations and liabilities relating to the framework agreement.

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
III.2)Conditions for participation

III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: (1) All candidates must comply with the requirements of the State in which they are established, regarding registration on the professional or trade register.
(2) Any candidate found to be guilty of serious misrepresentation in providing any information required, may be declared ineligible and not selected to continue with this procurement process.
(3) All candidates will have to demonstrate that they are licensed, or a member of the relevant organisation, in the State where they are established, when the law of that State prohibits the provision of the services, described in this notice, by a person who is not so licensed or who is not a member of the relevant organisation.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: (1) All candidates will be required to provide evidence of relevant professional risk indemnity insurance.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
(1) Details of the educational and professional qualifications of their managerial staff; and those of the person(s) who would be responsible for providing the services or carrying out the work or works under the contract.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
In order to be considered as a provider of these services, providers must comply with the following mandatory criteria:
1 Be registered with the Care Inspectorate and hold a Grading of 4 or higher across the key indicators as per the application form;
2 All staff to be registered under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG);
3 Hold or agree to obtain, the insurance levels required by the Council; and
4 Agree to accept the fixed fee payable for the provision of these childcare services of GBP 4.50.
Providers who do not meet all of these criteria as at the deadline for the receipt of applications by the council need not apply.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: yes

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria

IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document

IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information

IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

CPT-157-ML-LLS-14
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

11.7.2014 – 12:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

English.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 11.7.2014 – 12:00

Place:

North Lanarkshire Council

 

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about European Union funds

VI.3)Additional information

This procurement is for a service designated as a Part B Service on Schedule 3 of the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2013 and the Council is publishing this contract notice on a voluntary basis.
This framework is subject to funding confirmation from the Scottish Government.
(SC Ref:308215)
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

18.6.2014