1. Introduction

1.1

This is to inform early years providers of the early years single for 3 and 4 year olds for 2021 to 2022. This applies to both the universal 15 hours early years free entitlement (EYFE), and the extended 15 hours entitlement to EYFE.

1.2

Early years pupil premium (EYPP), Disability Access Fund (DAF) and funding for 2 year olds will be allocated separately.
 

2. Early Years Funding

2.1

The structure of the formula is set out below and was agreed by the Schools’ Forum on 15 March 2021. There was an across the board increase of 6 pence per hour for 3 and 4 year olds from the DfE for 2021 to 2022.

This table shows the outline of the formula.

Basic hourly rate

+ hourly supplements

x number of hours of participation

+ other supplements

Universal rate of £4.20 per hour For deprivation of £1.20/75 pence per hour for qualifying children The method of counting is the same for all providers and takes place each term Quality lump sum for qualifying PVI providers

 

3. Basic Hourly Rate (95.2% of the total budget)

3.1

There is a universal base rate of £4.20 per hour.

4. Social Deprivation (3.6% of the total budget)

4.1

The supplement is based on the home postcode of the child attending the setting.

4.1.1

There is a deprivation supplement of £1.20 per hour for every child who lives in one of the most deprived 0 to 10% areas of the city according to the Income Deprivation Affecting Children (IDACI) Index.

4.1.2

There is a deprivation supplement of 75 pence per hour for every child who lives in one of the most deprived 11 to 20% areas of the city according to the IDACI Index.

4.2

The total amount that the setting will receive will be allocated on the basis of the child data submitted at headcounts during the financial year.

5. Quality (1.2% of the total budget)

5.1

There is a quality supplement lump sum of up to £3,000 to providers in the private, voluntary and independent sectors with a staff person leading practice who is an Early Years Teacher or Early Years Professional. The lump sum payment will be paid on a sliding scale, depending on the number of 3 and 4 year old children receiving their early years free entitlement at the setting in summer term 2021.

6. Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

6.1

The local authority has a Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Inclusion Fund (SENIF) to provide additional support children with SEND to attend early years settings. The SENIF for 2021 to 2022 is £491,000.

6.2

The rate for additional support is £10.50 per hour where this is assessed as needed by the Brighton & Hove Inclusion Support Service (BHISS).

7. Early Years Pupil Premium

7.1

EYPP is 53 pence per hour for qualifying children. Providers will be asked to provide information through the provider portal so that children’s eligibility can be checked. Payments are made once a term. Eligibility for EYPP is set out in the government’s Operational Guidance page 22.

8. Disability Access Fund (DAF)

8.1

DAF is £615 per year. Providers will be asked to provide information and evidence regarding eligible children through the provider portal. Payments are made once a term. Eligibility for DAF is set out in the government’s Operational Guidance page 20.

9. Indicative Budgets

9.1

The indicative budget provides an estimate of the level of EYFE funding for the universal 15 hours per week (38 weeks per year) for the financial year April 2021 to March 2021, as well as the extended 15 hours per week. The basic hourly funding is based on actual child attendance at each provider in the previous year.

10. Counting Funded 3 and 4 year olds

10.1

The funding each provider will receive will be based on the actual child attendance at the headcount dates. The headcount days will be the same for all providers. For 2021 to 2022 these are provisionally:

  • 6 May 2021
  • 7 October 2021
  • 20 January 2022

10.2

Providers will be asked to make their termly headcount submissions through the Servelec Synergy portal.

11. Payments to Providers

11.1

Provisional payment dates for the 2021/22 financial year are as follows:

  • 7 April 2021 75% of EYSFF for summer term based on estimate
  • 23 June 2021 25% of EYSFF for summer term adjusted for actual take-up and quality lump sum
  • 8 September 2021 75% of EYSFF for autumn term based on estimate
  • 10 November 2021 25% of EYSFF for autumn term adjusted for actual take-up
  • 15 December 2021 75% of EYSFF for spring term based on estimate
  • 2 March 2022 25% of EYSFF for spring term adjusted for actual take-up

11.2

This arrangement should reflect actual take-up of EYFE through the financial year while at the same time ensuring that providers are in receipt of a sufficient level of payment at the beginning of each term to protect sustainability. Please note that financial adjustments made for variations in hours are calculated at the basic hourly rate (£4.20 per hour).