'Early Years Funding' document published

News - 07 Dec 2016

The document 'Early Years Funding: Changes to Funding for Three and Four Year Olds' was published this week by the DfE. It is a response to consultation, and includes information about new funding streams for children in Early Years with SEND

The government held a consultation in August and September of this year about how Early Years education is funded, and this document is its response. Many of the recommendations to come out of the consultation have been taken up.
 
In general terms, there is to be an increase in hourly funding rates, there will be a new Early Years national funding formula (in which 80% of LAs will see increases) and the Early Years Pupil Premium is to continue.
 
Regarding SEND specifically, the document announces a new 'Disability Access Fund' (DAF) of £17.5 million which will provide every 3 and 4 year old in early years provision and in receipt of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) with £615 per year; this money will be paid annually to the provider and its aim is to enable access for children who have an identified SEND.
 
In addition, every LA is to set up a 'local inclusion fund' for children with lower level or emerging SEN, which is to be used to support providers in driving outcomes for these children. The LA must include details of how this is spent in their Local Offer. Each LA is to decide how much money to set aside for this inclusion fund, as no new money is being made available, and how it will be allocated to providers.
 
These measures come in from April 2017.
 
The document contains lots more information and detail, so if you are interested it is well worth reading:
 
 

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