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. The funding is to promote the inclusion of children with SEND within a pre-5 setting. This funding also supports LAs to undertake their responsibilities to strategically commission SEND services as required under the Children and Families Act 2014.

Bradford LA currently allocates Inclusion Funding via the Early Years Inclusion Panel (EYIP) to support eligible 3 and 4 year olds in Private, Voluntary and Independent (PVI) settings. EYIP funding is also allocated to eligible 2 year olds in PVI settings and 2 year old provisions in schools.

In November 2018 Bradford LA undertook a consultation on a new holistic model for allocating Inclusion Funding to PVI settings and schools. Following this consultation Schools Forum met in January 2019 and agreed to fund the implementation of the proposed new holistic Early Years SEND Inclusion Funding model (EYIF) from April 2019.

EYIF will be targeted at children with emerging SEND and who do not have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Emerging SEND will be defined as children at the top of Range 2 to Range 4 on the Early Years SEN Progress grid.

Transition period from 1st April 2019

From April 2019 Bradford LA will continue to allocate Inclusion Funding to support eligible 3 and 4 year olds in PVI settings. Inclusion funding will also continue to be allocated to eligible 2 year olds in PVI settings and schools during 2019/20, but this is non-statutory.

Bradford LA will cease allocating funding via the current EYIP allocation model and will move to a new model for allocating EYIF. There will be a process to transition children who are currently funded by EYIP to the new EYIF model. Children who are currently in receipt of EYIP funding at 31/03/19 will continue to be funded at the existing funding rate until 31/07/19. All new funding applications that are submitted after 01/04/19 will be funded at the new funding rate.

Access to EYIF will also be extended to eligible 3 and 4 year olds in schools via a pilot scheme, with the aim of rolling this out to all schools from September 2019. Funding will be available to pilot schools from Easter 2019.

Funding Opportunity: Pilot for allocating Early Years Inclusion Funding to schools

The local authority is looking for 25% of eligible schools to take part in a pilot after Easter. If you are a nursery school, primary school with a nursery or primary school with a nursery and 2 year provision then you can apply to be part of the pilot. Expressions of interest should be sent to earlyyearsinclusionfunding@bradford.gov.uk by 03/05/19. Expressions of interest need to include; name of the school and lead contact details; confirmation that participation in the pilot has been agreed by the school’s Senior Leadership Team. A representative from the school will be required to attend two meetings and contribute to the evaluation as part of the pilot.

How do I access it?

The allocation of EYIF will be via monthly panel meetings. Providers will be required to submit an EYIF application form to access EYIF for a named child. A panel of representatives will consider the applications. Providers will be notified of the outcome following each panel meeting.

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.

Payment of Early Years Inclusion Funding

In order to facilitate an increasing number of payments required to distribute Early Years Inclusion Funding to settings/schools we have changed the way we make payments. From 1st April we will no longer be issuing service levels agreements and EYIF payments will now be made via the Schools Funding Team. This means that settings/schools will not receive a service level agreement and that EYIF will be paid alongside your early education funding directly into the bank. Settings/schools will receive an EYIF Outcome summary which will indicate how much funding has been agreed for each individual child, as this will not be itemised on the payment statement you receive.

How can I find out more?

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

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