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Out of School Funding

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

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

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 Inclusion 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

Please note:

  • 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 the 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

Autumn Term 2020

  • 15 September 2020 – Applications to be received by 8 September 2020
  • 10 November 2020 – Applications to be received by 3 November 2020

Spring Term 2021

  • 19 January 2021 – Applications to be received by 12 January 2021
  • 9 March 2021 – Applications to be received by 2 March 2021

Summer Term 2021

  • 04 May 2021 – Applications to  be received by 27 April 2021
  • 15 June 2021 – Applications to be received by 8 June 2021

Autumn Term 2021

  • 14 September 2021 – Applications to be received by 7 September 2021
  • 16 November 2021 – Applications to be received by 9 November 2021

Appeals procedure 38.47 kb

Appeals process 60.16 kb

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.

Short Break Inclusion Funding 

Short Break Inclusion Funding may be available to support a child aged 2-18 years with SEND who lives in Leicestershire to access a provision as stated in the criteria. The Children and Family Wellbeing Service will have identified that it would be of benefit to the child and family to access this provision as a Short Break. Applications can only be submitted following a joint consultation between the provision, the family, the Play and Leisure Inclusion Officer. 

Application for short break inclusion funding 2020  Opens new window

Short breaks inclusion funding criteria 2020  Opens new window

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

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