Decision details

Kirklees Early Years Funding Formula 2024-25 and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Inclusion Fund arrangements

Decision Maker: Portfolio Holder for Children's Services, Strategic Director - Children and Families

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

Local Authorities are required to consult with early years providers and Schools Forum when setting their Early Years Funding Formula. Under very tight DfE timelines, a consultation took place between 15 December 2023 and closed on 21 January 2024. Taking account of the outcomes of the consultation proposals matching the decision below were supported by Schools Forum on 9th February.

Decision:

1.    One base rate for both 2-year-old entitlements. i.e. the disadvantaged 2 year old entitlement and the working parent 2 year old entitlement.

2.    No discretionary deprivation supplement. i.e. no deprivation supplement for the disadvantaged 2 year old entitlement, the working parent 2 year old entitlement and the working parent under 2 year old entitlement.

3.    Increase the amount retained centrally by £167,200. £123,800 to support administration of the new entitlements and £43,400 for 5% inflation on the total amount to be retained.

4.    Create a contingency fund of 0.8% from each funding stream. Funds will be paid to providers and not used for any other purpose.

5.    Transfer £500,000 from the Early Years Block to the High Needs Block in 2024-25 to support financial sustainability as per the Safety Valve Agreement with the Department for Education.

6.    SENDIF budget is set at £2 million, which includes a £1 million contribution from the Early Years Block in addition to the £1 million contribution already agreed from the High Needs Block.

7.    The method for allocating SENDIF will take into consideration children identified at SEN Support, without the need for a Panel process and to include a clear monitoring process to ensure that SENDIF is being targeted effectively at those children identified as eligible.

Publication date: 15/02/2024

Date of decision: 14/02/2024

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