Provision of Pre-school Education Nursery Places North Lanarkshire

Provision of Pre-school Education Nursery Places North Lanarkshire

The framework agreement will be in place for 4 years. The framework agreement period will begin on the academic year of August 2014 until the end of the academic year July 2018.

United Kingdom-Motherwell: Pre-school education services

2013/S 129-222312

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

Further information can be obtained from: North Lanarkshire Council
Municipal Buildings, Kildonan Street
Contact point(s): Early Years and Childcare Services
For the attention of: Janette Rose
ML5 3BT Coatbridge
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1236812273
E-mail: rosej@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
Municipal Buildings, Kildonan Street
Contact point(s): Early Years and Childcare Services
For the attention of: Janette Rose
ML5 3BT Coatbridge
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1236812273
E-mail: rosej@northlan.gov.uk
Internet address: http://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: North Lanarkshire Council
Municipal Buildings, Kildonan Street
Contact point(s): Early Years and Childcare Services
For the attention of: Janette Rose
ML5 3BT Coatbridge
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1236812273
E-mail: rosej@northlan.gov.uk
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:

Provision of Pre-school Education Nursery Places
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 24: Education and vocational education 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: 50
Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 4
Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT: 7 200 000 GBP

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

North Lanarkshire Council is required by the ‘Standards in Scotland’s Schools’ guidance to provide a funded pre-school education place for all eligible children whose parents wish them to have a place in a nursery. In pursuit of this requirement the Council may enter into an arrangement with a person to supply such places. The places to be provided will be for children from the day after their third birthday until the end of the academic year prior to them starting primary school and from time to time this may include children for whom entry to primary school has been deferred. At all times, Service Providers must meet all standards set by the Care Inspectorate and by the Scottish Social Service Council under any relevant guidance or legislation. Service Providers will have put in place curriculum and quality assurance standards as required by National guidelines and advice and will be able to evidence and demonstrate their services quality assurance methods. Service Providers will provide all such services with full cognisance and implementation of the principles set out in ‘Getting It Right for Every Child’ and associated guidance and advice. The Council reserves the right to alter the requirements of the places to be provided subject to change in legislation or guidance from the Scottish Ministers.
NOTE: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland Web Site at http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/Search/Search_Switch.aspx?ID=268938.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80110000, 80490000, 80340000

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:

For information only: A total of 7,672 children attended nursery services in 2012/13 and 1,426 places were provided in partnership with other services through a Service Level Agreement. The number of places allocated will be subject to the available budget for each year. The framework agreement will be in place for 4 years. The framework agreement period will begin on the academic year of August 2014 until the end of the academic year July 2018
Estimated value excluding VAT: 7 200 000 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: 48 (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:

Details will be provided in the Invitation to Tender.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

Details will be provided in the Invitation to Tender.
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 to the Council 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: yes
Description of particular conditions: Details will be provided in the Invitation to Tender.
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 will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they are not bankrupt or the subject of an administration order, are not being wound-up, have not granted a trust deed, are not the subject of a petition presented for sequestration of their estate, have not had a receiver, manager or administrator appointed and are not otherwise apparently insolvent.
(2) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that the candidate, their directors, or any other person who has powers of representation, decision or control of the candidate has not been convicted of conspiracy, corruption, bribery, or money laundering. Failure to provide such a declaration will result in the candidate being declared ineligible and they will not be selected to participate in this procurement process.
(3) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they have not been convicted of a criminal offence relating to the conduct of their business or profession.
(4) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they have not committed an act of grave misconduct in the course of their business or profession.
(5) All candidates must comply with the requirements of the State in which they are established, regarding registration on the professional or trade register.
(6) 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.
(7) 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.
(8) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they have fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of social security contributions under the law of any part of the United Kingdom or of the relevant State in which the candidate is established
(9) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they have fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of taxes under the law of any part of the United Kingdom or of the relevant State in which the economic operator is established.
As set out in the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire.
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 a reference from their bank.
(2) All candidates will be required to provide evidence of relevant professional risk indemnity insurance.
(3) All candidates will be required to provide a statement, covering the 3 previous financial years including the overall turnover of the candidate and the turnover in respect of the activities which are of a similar type to the subject matter of this notice.
(4) All candidates will be required to provide statements of accounts or extracts from those accounts relating to their business.
As set out in the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
(1) A statement of the candidate’s average annual number of staff and managerial staff over the previous 3 years
(2) 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;
(3) All candidates will be required to provide certification from an independent body attesting conformity to environmental management standards in accordance with the Community Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS); or the European standard BS EN ISO 14001.
(4) All candidates will be required to provide certification drawn up by an independent body attesting the compliance of the economic operator with quality assurance standards based on the relevant European standards.
(5) Certificates drawn up by official quality control institutes or agencies of recognised competence attesting the conformity of products clearly identified by references to specifications or standards.
(6) Samples, descriptions and/or photographs, the authenticity of which must be certified if the contracting authority so requests.
(7) A statement of the principal goods sold or services provided by the supplier or the services provider in the past 3 years, detailing the dates on which the goods were sold or the services provided; the consideration received; the identity of the person to whom the goods were sold or the services were provided
(8) A check may be carried out by the contracting authority or by a competent official body of the State in which the candidate is established, to verify the technical capacity of the candidate; and if relevant, on the candidates study and research facilities and quality control measures;
(9) A statement of the candidate’s technical facilities; measures for ensuring quality; and their study and research facilities;
(10) An indication of the proportion of the contract which the services provider intends possibly to subcontract.
(11) A statement of the technicians or technical services available to the candidate to carry out the work under the contract; or be involved in the production of goods or the provision of services under the contract; particularly those responsible for quality control, whether or not they are independent of the candidate.
(12) A statement of the tools, plant or technical equipment available to the service provider or contractor for carrying out the contract.
(13) A list of works carried out over the past 5 years, detailing the value of the consideration received; when and where the work or works were carried out; and whether they were carried out according to the rules of the trade or profession and properly completed.
As set out in the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
At all times Service Providers will be required to meet all standards set by the Care Inspectorate and by the Scottish Social Service Council under any relevant guidance or legislation. Service Providers will have put in place curriculum and quality assurance standards as required by National guidelines and advice and will be able to evidence and demonstrate their services quality assurance methods. Service Providers will provide all such services with full cognisance and implementation of the principles set out in ‘Getting It Right for Every Child’ and associated guidance and advice.
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

Restricted
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

Envisaged minimum number 5
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: Details are provided in the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire.
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 below

1. Quality. Weighting 100

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-118-ML-LLS-13
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

31.7.2013 – 12:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

14.8.2013
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

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
VI.3)Additional information

The PQQ and supporting documentation may be downloaded from the Public Contracts Scotland Portal at http//www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk. To access these documents Tenderers will firstly need to register (if they have not already done so) on the Public Contracts Scotland Portal and then express interest in this particular procurement. Requests to participate must be by way of completion and return of the Pre-QQQ in hard copy only by the date and time specified in Section IV.3.4 of this contract notice. Late submissions will not be accepted. The council reserves the right not to award any contract as a result of the procurement process initiated by this Contract Notice and in such event will not be liable for any costs incurred by any party.

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.
(SC Ref:268938)

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: As this is a Part B Service, the council will voluntarily incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day Standstill Period following electronic notification (minimum of 15 calendar days for any other means of communication) to unsuccessful applicants of the award decision.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:1.7.2013