Kirklees Early Years Single Funding Formula and Rates 2017/18
Following the publication of the Department for Education’s (DfE) response to the consultation on the early years funding reforms and early years operational guidance at the beginning of December, Kirklees launched an online consultation on the Kirklees local early years funding formula principles which closed on 4th January 2017.
Provider engagement events were held during the last week in January during which a summary of the online consultation responses were shared, along with the principles agreed by the Free Early Education and Care (FEEC) Working Group and a sample model formula was demonstrated.
The FEEC Working Group met on 31st January 2017 to consider feedback received from the provider engagement events. The recommendations presented to Schools Forum on Friday 10th February 2017 were broadly representative of the principles agreed by the working group and the feedback received from the majority of providers during the online consultation and provider engagement events.
The new formula
Schools Forum agreed all recommendations made by the FEEC Working Group, see below:
2 year old base rate: £5.00.
3 and 4 year old base rate: £4.14.
Funding for transitional protection for one year (2017/18) to maintain the current 3 and 4 year old base rate of £4.19 until 31st March 2018.
No change to deprivation funding, allocate the same amount that is currently distributed (approximately £300,000) using the current metric IDACI (Income deprivation affecting children index) and retain the current IDACI rates.
Limit deprivation funding to the 15 hour entitlement only provided the administration of this can be managed efficiently i.e. automated.
No optional supplements.
No change to the current level of centrally retained funding however keep the use and level of the central retention under review.
£50,000 for low level and emerging needs SEN to support providers from all sectors delivering the free entitlement (up to 30 hours).
£40,400 contribution towards Inclusion Officer team [note technically the Department for Education will count this contribution as central retention].
Continue with the current Access Fund for 2 year olds for one year (2017/18) whilst the SEN Support Service review is ongoing, using underspends carried forward from the financial year 2015/16.