News from the Department for Education
Early Years Pupil Premium
The Government is consulting on the introduction of the early years pupil premium, and on moving to participation funding for disadvantaged two-year-olds. The public consultation opened on 25th June and will run until 22nd August. It is available here.
The early years pupil premium will give disadvantaged three and four year old children better access to early education and improve the quality of provision which evidence shows can have a major impact on their school readiness. It will provide nurseries, schools and other providers of government-funded early education with an additional 53 pence an hour for each eligible child. Providers will, therefore, receive £300 for each eligible child accessing the full 570 hours with them.
The consultation document seeks views from professionals, parents and other interested parties on the proposals. It also covers moving to participation funding for early learning for two-year-olds. This will mirror the way that the three- and four-year-old entitlements are funded. This means that local authorities will be funded according to the actual numbers of eligible two-year-olds taking up a place.
SEND Implementation Pack
This link takes you to an updated implementation pack for LAs and their partners.
It sets out how LAs and their partners will want to phase implementation of the reforms. It contains a two-pager summarising which elements of the reforms must be in place by September, and what can develop over time;
It is very strong on the importance on working with parents to deliver culture change, encouraging LAs and education settings to share the open Ministerial letter to parents.
It contains the most up to date lines on transition planning for those with statements, LDAs and School Action/ School Action Plus and equivalents.
It also contains an early draft of the CDC’s work on the Designated Medical Officer.
During the next few weeks we will be adding to the SEN resources – and fresh up today is a guide to the reforms in SEN & disability in early years. View it here.
Apprenticeship Bursary Scheme
The Apprenticeship Bursary scheme, launched on 9 September 2013, is targeted at new apprentices entering the early education and child care sector. It is viewed as a transitional measure, before the introduction of Early Years Educator qualification in September 2014. This scheme will close for applications on 31 August 2014
Who can apply?
The application process for the bursary scheme is open to apprentices who:
- have started employment as an apprentice after 1 June 2013
- be training for the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in the Children and Young People’s Workforce
- hold a GCSE grade C or above in English and math before starting employment (or equivalent, for example GCE O level or CSE grade 1)
- have been employed as an advanced (Level 3) apprentice for at least 3 months
The first 200 successful applications will each receive a £3,000 bursary payment. The remaining successful applicants will each receive £1,500. All payments are subject to tax and national insurance. The payment is administered through their employer who will receive an additional payment to cover employers NI contributions.
If you have any queries in relation to this scheme please contact NCTL.
News from Department of Health
Early Years High Impact Areas
The Department of Health, alongside its partners, has produced 6 documents on to support local authorities and other stakeholders through the transition. The documents identify 6 areas where health visitors have the most impact on children aged 0 to 5’s health and wellbeing. Local authorities should use this information to ensure that health visiting services are commissioned effectively. You can view these high impact areas here.
We want to remind you of the importance of working closely with parents and your Local Authority so your provision can go into the local offer. There is more information about the local offer here. You can watch our podcast with Ann Gross covering this and other topics here.
The Department of Health will be co-hosting the regular Twitter conversation #EYTalking on Tuesday 15th July from 8-9pm.
Department of Business, Innovation & Skills
The Department of Business, Innovation & Skills has produced a Factsheet on childcare and school aspects of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill.