Early Years Inclusion Funding

Early Years Inclusion Funding

What does it do?

All local authorities are required by the DfE to have an Inclusion Fund for 3 and 4 year olds with SEND who are accessing their early education entitlement. This funding is to promote the inclusion of children with SEND within a pre-5 setting. This funding also supports Local Authorities to undertake their responsibilities to strategically commission SEND services as required under the Children and Families Act 2014.

Bradford Local Authority allocates Inclusion Funding via the Early Years Inclusion Funding Panel (EYIF) to support eligible 3 and 4 year olds in Private, Voluntary and Independent (PVI) settings and this is currently being piloted with some schools until July 2019. EYIF funding will also be allocated to eligible 2 year olds in PVI settings and 2 year old provisions in schools during 2019/20, but this is non-statutory.

What are the eligibility criteria to access the funding?

EYIF will be targeted at children with emerging SEND who are accessing their 2, 3 or 4 year early education entitlement in a PVI setting or school. Emerging SEND will be defined as children at the top of Range 2 to Range 4 on the Early Years SEN Progress grid (September 2017). EYIF is not available for; children accessing paid for childcare; children in a reception class; children who have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or children accessing a specialist placement in an Early Years Enhanced Special Provision or special school.

Roll out of Early Years Inclusion Funding to schools from September 2019

From 1st September 2019 EYIF will be available for eligible 2, 3 and 4 years olds in schools.

How do I access it?

Settings, schools and/or other professionals can complete an EYIF application form for a named child. The applications are considered at monthly panel meetings by representatives from the local authority, schools and PVI sector. A copy of the application form and EYIF panel and submission deadlines can be found in the Useful Document Section below.

EYIF application forms should be submitted via Galaxkey secure email to earlyyearsinclusionfunding@bradford.gov.uk or in exceptional circumstances applications can be hand delivery or sent by recorded delivery to: EYIF admin c/o 0-25 Inclusive Education Service, 3rd Floor, Margaret McMillan Tower, Prince’s Way, Bradford, BD1 1NN.

Notification of outcome of an Early Years Inclusion Funding request

Schools and settings will be notified of the outcome of an EYIF request within 3 weeks of the panel date at which the request was considered. Settings and schools will also receive an EYIF Outcome Summary which will indicate how much funding has been agreed for individual children.

Payment of Early Years Inclusion Funding

All funding requests that are agreed after the 1st April 2019 will be funded at the new unit cost of £6.32.

We have changed the way we make payments in order to facilitate the increasing number of payments required to distribute EYIF to settings and schools. From the 1st April 2019 settings and schools in the Bradford Local Authority will no longer be issued with service levels agreements. EYIF payments will now be made via the Schools Funding Team (SFT) and paid alongside your early education funding directly into the bank.

Please note that EYIF payments will not be itemised on the SFT payment remittance. However, settings can log onto the gateway and refer to their payment schedule, which will identify how much EYIF will be paid that month. This payment schedule will have a reference of ‘Spring/Summer/Autumn Term SEND (EYIF)’. Settings and schools will also receive an EYIF Outcome Summary via email which will indicate how much funding has been agreed for individual children. Please note there is currently a backlog for sending out the EYIF Outcome Summaries.

Settings that are based out of Bradford Local Authority will continue to receive EYIF via a service level agreement.

How can I find out more?

Contact the 0-25 Inclusive Education Service on 01274 439500 or email earlyyearsinclusionfunding@bradford.gov.uk .

Useful documents

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