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Out of School Funding

For children with additional needs, who attend or who would like to attend an Out of School setting in Leicestershire.

Funding is currently available for children with additional needs, who attend or who would like to attend an Out of School setting in Leicestershire.

Not all children with special educational needs require additional help to be successfully included in settings, indeed most settings meet the additional needs of children very well. However, in some circumstances children with additional needs benefit from a higher than usual staffing ratio.

The funding is intended to contribute towards identified additional staffing costs, with the rate set at £7.50 per hour and paid termly.

If you have children who you think would benefit from this funding please complete the application form, agree to the terms of the grant and return to the Early Learning and Childcare Service. This will then be put to a funding panel for approval.

OOS Funding Criteria  Opens new window

OOS Funding Application Form  Opens new window

Due to increased use and future expectations on the budget the Early Learning Service has re-viewed the Additional Adult Funding and will be implementing from 1 September 2016 the following changes:

  • Applications will no longer be accepted ad hoc. Three dates for the year have been set [ see below] where applications will be accessed and funding awarded by the panel if the criteria is met. This will allow a greater overview of what funding the children may have had previously, changes to children’s needs, any changes in circumstance and feedback from monitoring visits.
  • Panel dates will also allow providers to forward plan for the children and know what funding they have been awarded.
  • The onus will be on providers to not automatically put in for 1-1 funding but to think if this is actually best scenerio for the child. The panel will be looking that the needs of the child have been scrutinised to ascertain what support is needed and how this will benefit the child. This could be adult support at certain times of the day only, shared care [worker] with other children with identified needs, time limited support to support the child with transitions e.g. when a child first starts at your provision.
  • A child that has 1-1 support at school through a Statement or Education Health Care Plan will not automatically be awarded 1-1 funding for the OOS. School support is awarded for education. An OOS is a different environment and it is expected the OOS application will reflect this.

Dates of funding panels

Summer Term

  • 14 May 2019 – Applications to be received by 6 May 2019
  • 18 June 2019 – Applications to be received by 10 June 2019

Autumn Term

  • 10 September – Applications to  be received by 2 September 2019
  • 19 November – Applications to be received by 11 November 2019

Spring Term 2020

  • 21 January 2020 – Applications to be received by 13 January 2020

Appeals procedure

Appeals process

Applications should be received by the Friday before the panel date, holiday clubs may apply retrospectively in the case of the half term holidays if relevant.

For any more information about any of the strands of special educational needs funding please contact the Early Learning and Childcare Service on 0116 305 7136.

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