Early Years Funding – Universal Funding and Extended Offer Funding- Autumn Term 2017
Your child will become eligible for Early Years Funding from September 2017. To help you understand how the scheme works we have set out some details below.
Early Years Funding Schemes
Your child will be entitled to receive one of the following options:
From the beginning of the term after their 3rd birthday, every child is entitled to up to 15 hours free childcare per week, for the 38 weeks that make up the Devon school academic year. This is a total of 570 hours free care, and is known as universal funding.
From September 2017, eligible children will be entitled to receive up to 30 hours free childcare per week, for the 38 weeks of the school year (1140 hours free care). We have attached a separate letter to explain how this new scheme will work and how you can find out if you are eligible for this funding.
PLEASE READ THIS LETTER VERY CAREFULLY AND LET US KNOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THE EXTENDED OFFER FUNDING, AS WE HAVE LIMITED SPACES IN NURSERY AND WILL BE OFFERING THEM ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS.
Using your funding
You can split your funding between two providers and can change the way you use your funding each term. Funding can be used at Cranbrook Education campus in blocks of 3 hours, which reflects the length of our morning/afternoon sessions, or 6 hours for a whole day. For example if you are just entitled to 15 hours universal funding this could be split between two full days and one half day, or five half days, or another combination of the two. If you are entitled to 30 hours extended funding and we are able to offer your child the space, this will entitle your child to five full day sessions.
You can use part of your funding for our wrap around breakfast and after school club care if required – if you have any hours spare after your session times, we will automatically transfer it across and use it in this way.
We will calculate the level of funding you receive on your behalf based on the information you tell us, and this will be shown on your invoice each month. Any paid hours will also be shown on this invoice. You will receive your termly contract and breakdown of payment for next term before the end of July – if you have any queries on receipt of this please let us know.
Registering for Funding
Your universal funding (15 hours) will begin automatically the term after your child is three, so you do not need to do anything. However, in order for us to process your initial claim for extended entitlement funding (30 hours), you will need to provide us with evidence of your eligibility. Please see the accompanying letter with details of how to do this.
Once funding is received
It is important to understand that once you begin to claim your free Nursery care, you must ensure your child attends all funded hours and that absences are kept to a minimum. Your claim could be audited and you may be asked to repay monies if attendance requirements are not met.
In 2017, extended entitlement claims will begin from 1st September and universal claims will begin from Monday 4th September.
We hope you find this information about the funding options useful. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need any further advice or information about the funding system and how you can use it.
Early Years Phase Leader
Cranbrook Education Campus