Greenwich Council

Decision details.

Early Years Funding 201718- Changes to funding for three and four year olds

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


1.         Noted the contents of the report in particular;

·     Department for Education requirement for Local Authorities (LA) to implement the Early Years National Funding Formula for the first 15 hours from, the 1 of April 2017.

·     Department for Education requirement to implement the additional 15 hours policy (to facilitate 30 hours) from 1 September 2017.

·     Recognition of equity and parity across all phases for both funding and process.

·     Requirement for the Local Authority to identify an Inclusion Fund, which must be published as the “Local Offer”.

·     Establishment of a Disability Access Fund (Department for Education funding of £61k)

·     Recognition that Maintained Nursery Schools i.e Nursery Schools, will continue to have a difference in requirements -e.g Leadership/Best Practice sharing. To support this variation, the Department for Education will provide ringfenced funding to Local Authority to passport to Nursery’s.

·     Note that specific engagement with Nursery Schools has been undertaken by the Director of Children’s Services.

·     Note that the Royal Borough of Greenwich hourly rate is £5.97 from 2017/18.  Royal Borough of Greenwich rate is higher than at present (£4.86). Many Local Authorities have faced reduction in their hourly rates.

·     Note the Department for Education requirement for Local Authorities to passport 93% of each hourly rate (2017/18), this increases to 95% from 2018/19.

·     The 93% can include Hourly rate, targeted funding for supplements, contribution towards the Inclusion Fund.


2.         Supported the proposed application of funding from 1 April 2017, in compliance with Department for Education guidance.


3.         Supported the expansion of the IDACI (Index of Deprivation Area Cost Indicator), from top 15% to top 30%.


4.         Supported the distribution of the Maintained Nursery Schools (provisional) lump sum in 2017/18 in line with funding allocated in 2016/17 to support a financially sustainable position for 2017/18.


5.         Noted and supported the operation of the Inclusion Fund and Access Fund as follows:

·     All providers will have access to additional funds for pupils based on targeted need based on an application process;

·     The process will incorporate a framework to monitor outcomes and progress for pupils;

·     Royal Borough of Greenwich will publish details of the process in advance of April 2017;

·     Supported the allocation of 15p per hour towards the inclusion fund for 2017/18;

·     Any uncommitted funding from either the deprivation supplement or contingency may be redirected towards the inclusion fund subject to demand. The 15p funding is estimated to generate approximately £500k for the inclusion fund subject to fluctuations in actual pupil numbers.


6.    Supported Royal Borough of Greenwich’s view that initially only Deprivation should be used as a supplement.

Publication date: 03/02/2017

Date of decision: 01/02/2017

Decided at meeting: 01/02/2017 - Schools Forum

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