Early Years and Childcare Bulletin July 2019
New Education Inspection Framework (EIF)
The new Early Years Inspection Handbook for Ofsted registered provision has been published.
The handbook describes the main activities inspectors undertake when they conduct inspections of early years providers in England registered under sections 49 and 50 of the Childcare Act 2006.
The handbook also sets out the judgements that inspectors will make and on which they will report. This handbook applies from September 2019. In addition, Ofsted has published ‘Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings’ This is guidance for inspectors carrying out inspections under the Education Inspection Framework from September 2019.
The Education People’s Early Years and Childcare Service will be providing funded briefing sessions in July and September followed by workshops related to the NEW Ofsted judgements. Please book your places through CPD online.
For any providers unable to attend one of these sessions the presentation will be circulated in due course.
We are still experiencing instances of providers missing headcount. At the last headcount 29 April to 3 May 2019, 13 providers did not submit a headcount.
Please ensure that you are aware of the headcount process and refer to the Headcount Guidance on KELSI and the latest Kent Provider Agreement.
Included below are a few extracts from the Kent Provider Agreement that relate to children’s attendance at headcount.
Kent Provider Agreement with effect from 1 October 2018
6.7.2 In order to submit a claim for the term, providers must be open and offering funding during the designated headcount week.
- Providers must also ensure that children are in attendance during the designated headcount week of the academic term unless they are known to be ill or on holiday
- Providers must not make a settling in period a condition of a child taking up their place
- Children must be able to access their full entitlement within their funded year
- Failure to complete a headcount submission within the designated week, and not informing MI beforehand, will result in providers not receiving their funding
- Amendments to an incorrect headcount submission will result in a fee being applied
15.4 Further funding criteria for three and four year olds – Universal and Extended Entitlement
- The funded hours claimed for a child must be based on the hours they attend during the designated headcount week and cannot be increased until the next term’s claim
- If an eligible child starts at a setting after headcount week and they have not claimed funding at any other Kent setting in the current academic term then funding can be claimed
- Please be aware that funding is paid for complete weeks only.
Date for your diary
The next headcount is from the 9 - 13 September.
In addition, please refer to the Kent Provider Agreement with regards to the Parental Declaration which must be completed fully to support all children that you claim funding for through the Synergy system.
Other Early Education and Childcare Entitlement dates to note
Estimate collection for the autumn terms one and two will be Friday 28 June – Tuesday 9 July 2019. Please ensure you check your numbers so that it is the total hours for all children per week input into the box, this will then calculate the total hours per term.
The government now has recommended application periods for a 30 Hour eligibility code. The table below is available to parents on Kent.gov and parents will be reminded of the current recommended application period through the KCC Free Childcare Facebook page. Parents must apply and receive a code by the deadline date to receive childcare the following term. Parents must also successfully reconfirm their details with HMRC by these recommended dates to remain eligible for 30 hours of free childcare.
Please remember to use the eligibility checker on your Synergy Provider Portal when checking continuing children’s codes to see if a parent has reconfirmed their details with HMRC in time for an autumn term claim.
Only codes for new 30 hour children or where parents have been given a new code due to technical difficulties need to be checked via the KELSI website.
The final Free for Two payment schedule for terms five and six is as follows:
The first Free for Two payment schedules for terms one and two are as follows:
SEND - Your Voice Online Questionnaire
The following article appeared in Corporate Director, Matt Dunkley’s weekly update at the end of June:
“As you will be aware, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) conducted a joint inspection of Kent between 28 January 2019 and 1 February 2019 to judge the effectiveness of the area in implementing the disability and special educational needs reforms as set out in the Children and Families Act 2014.
The inspection identified a number of areas of significant weakness. These were set out in a letter published on the Ofsted website on 29 March 2019.
As local leaders from education, health and social care we were disappointed with this outcome but accept that we hadn’t progressed as quickly and effectively in meeting the expectations of the Children and Families Act 2014, as we should have. However, we are committed to working in partnership to make the necessary improvements for children and young people with SEND and their families.
As part of this we wish to fully understand parent, carers and children and young people’s views and concerns to ensure our actions have a positive impact on the lives of children and young people with SEND and their families.
With this in mind, we want to keep you informed of the actions being taken and seek your help in gathering these views. Please share this information with all parents and carers of children and young people with SEND; and all children and young people with SEND have the opportunity to complete the SEND - Your Voice online questionnaire”
Disability Access Fund (DAF) Information for Early Years Providers
The Disability Access Fund (DAF) is there to support children with disabilities or special educational needs.
The DAF aids access to early years places by, for example, supporting providers in making reasonable adjustments to their provision.
Eligibility for Disability Access Fund (DAF)
Three and four year olds will be eligible for the DAF if they meet the following criteria:
- the child is in receipt of child Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- the child receives universal or extended free early education and childcare entitlement.
Identifying eligible children
Early years providers are responsible for identifying eligible children by talking to parents in order to find out who is eligible for the DAF. Funding is paid at £615 per year and is paid to one childcare provider nominated by the parent. For more details and to download a claim form, please click here: DAF Claim Form.