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Funding Policy

As I am accredited and received an OUTSTANDING judgement from Ofsted, I am able to receive the Government’s early education funding for 2, 3 and 4 year olds.

Funding is available either term-time* for 38 weeks of the year; or stretched for 47 weeks of the year. 

SBC allocate the hours each term that I can claim funding for as follows:-

 

Funding Period

Inclusive funding period dates

weeks

Equivalent in hours

Autumn

01/09 to 31/12

14

14 weeks x 15 hours – 210 hours

Spring

01/01 to 31/03

11

11 weeks x 15 hours – 165 hours

Summer

01/04 to 31/08

13

13 weeks x 15 hours – 195 hours

Free entitlement is for early education only and does not include the cost of food or outings.

2 year olds – 15 hours

Free childcare for two year olds is not a universal offer, only eligible children may access this funding via an application process.  Parents/carers will need an eligibility code which they present to a childcare provider to access the free place. Eligible children may access a Free childcare place starting the term after their second birthday.

 

If your child is born between:

They are eligible for a free place from:

 

 

1st April and 31st August

1st September following their 2nd birthday

1st September and 31st December

1st January following their 2nd birthday

1st January and 31st March

1st April following their 2nd birthday

In Southend, families can apply for two year old funding:

· online by visiting https://one.southend.gov.uk/CitizenPortal_LIVE

· through a childcare provider; or

· at a children’s centre.

Two-year-olds who have met the eligibility criteria can continue to receive a place once they have taken it up even if the child ceases to meet the criteria at a later date.

If your child will only be accessing the two year old funded hours, I offer these over two days; either 2 x 7½ hours per week term-time* or 2 x 6 hours per week stretched.  Funded sessions can be taken anytime between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday. 

If your contract is for more hours than the two year old funding, funded hours will be the first part of your contracted hours, for example, if your hours are 8am to 6pm Monday and Tuesday; all of Monday will be funded and part of Tuesday.

3/4 year old funding – Universal

All 3 to 4 year olds are entitled to free early education childcare for 15 hours per week during term-time*. This funding can be stretched for 12 hours per week for 47 weeks.  This funding applies until they reach compulsory school age (the term following their fifth birthday). 

 

If your child is born between:

They are eligible for a free place from:

 

 

1st April and 31st August

1st September following their 3rd birthday

1st September and 31st December

1st January following their 3rd birthday

1st January and 31st March

1st April following their 3rd birthday

If your child will only be accessing the universal funded hours, I offer these over two days; either 2 x 7½ hours per week term-time* or 2 x 6 hours per week stretched.  Funded sessions can be taken anytime between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday. 

If your contract is for more hours than the universal funding, funded hours will be the first part of your contracted hours, for example, if your hours are 8am to 6pm Monday and Tuesday; all of Monday will be funded and part of Tuesday.

3/4 year old funding – Extended

Eligible 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 30 hours a week of free early education or childcare. This can be taken as 30 hours per week term-time* or 24 hours per week stretched for 47 weeks.

 

To be eligible, both parents must be working, or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family, and each parent earns on average:

 

· A weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage or national living wage; and · Less than £100,000 per year 

 

If your child is born between:

They are eligible for a free place from:

 

 

1st April and 31st August

1st September following their 3rd birthday

1st September and 31st December

1st January following their 3rd birthday

1st January and 31st March

1st April following their 3rd birthday

 

Eligibility is only valid for approximately 3 months.  It is the parents’ responsibility to check if they are still eligible for the 30 hours free childcare.  If a parent fails to reapply for the extended 15 hours and loses the funding, they will be liable to pay for the additional hours at my current hourly rate.

If your child will only be accessing the extended funded hours, I offer this over three days; either 3 x 10 hours per week term-time* or 3 x 8 hours per week stretched.  Funded sessions can be taken anytime between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday. 

If your contract is for more hours than the extended funding, funded hours will be the first part of your contracted hours. 

The funding is a contract between myself and Southend Borough Council (“SBC”).  SBC do not encourage moving a child mid-term as it could be detrimental to their learning and development.  If you wish to move your child to another setting mid-term and it is after headcount day**, the funding is non-transferrable and remains with myself for that term (unless there are exceptional circumstances).  I provide an early education funded place and SBC pay me if I fill that space.  If the place is vacated, I retain the funding as it is unlikely that I will fill a space mid-term.  If I fill the space mid-term, SBC will not pay me again and the new child takes over the funded space.  

My contract with you is for any additional hours over the funded hours; meals or other agreed contractual payments (i.e. holiday retainer, late payment fee etc).  The terms of our original contract remain in force and although funding is paid termly, your notice period will remain at four weeks. 

If you wish to split the funding between myself and another accredited setting, please let me know before a new term starts, so we can complete the necessary paperwork.

As funding is paid termly, it is important that you claim for the correct number of funded hours at the beginning of each term.  If you do not claim for your full entitlement, it is not possible to increase your funding once the term has begun.  It is possible to increase your hours and you will be liable for the cost of these hours until the following term when you can claim your additional funding.  Any unclaimed funding cannot be used at a later date.

For funding purposes, the terms are as follows: -

Autumn term             1st September to 31st December

Spring term               1st January to 31st March

Summer term            1st April to 31st August

If your child misses their funded hours due to sickness; your holiday or occasional days off, I am not required to provide alternative sessions.  I do not claim funding when I am on holiday.  However, if I am closed due to illness, the funded hours will be given back to you at a mutually convenience time.

I am required to monitor your child’s attendance and inform SBC if attendance falls below 90%.  The funding is provided by the Government and if your child consistently fails to attend, their funding may be withdrawn.

It is your responsibility to inform Tax Credits of the change in your childcare costs.

Please feel free to contact me with any other queries you may have.

 

*Term-time is as dictated by SBC

**26/9; 17/1 and 25/4