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   Monday 8 April 2019

In this Issue:

FEEE: Payments: Provider agreement

Training Courses: Transition to school events

Safeguarding: Training opportunities

Local News: Early Years pupil premium

National News: EU settlement scheme

Congratulations to...

Grace Dieu Day Nursery in North West district, Helen Saunders in Charnwood district and Leona Smith in Harborough district who all  received an Outstanding Ofsted grade.


We have added the 2019 – 2021 provider agreement to your portal and include the
full guidance here. Please log in to the provider portal and use this information to access the agreement.
Can you please read, check all registration details are correct (amend if necessary), sign and return the full document to the service before Wednesday 17th April 2019
FEEE Helpline
We are receiving an increasing number of phone calls from parents through the FEEE funding helpline of 0116 305 5788. This is a dedicated number for providers use only.  Please do not give this number to parents.  Parents should contact the Family Information Helpline on 0116 305 6545.  If the query is regarding an eligibility code for 30 hours then parents should resolve this with HMRC on 0300 123 4097.  We will need a code before we can fund a child.

Payment schedule calendar

The updated calendar that was included in the provider agreement has been added to the FEEE webpage.  Please ensure you are aware of the revised deadline dates.

Provider agreements

Provider agreements need to be returned to us by Wednesday 10th April 2019 at the latest.  This is the contract that enables us to pay you the FEEE.  Failure to return the contract by this date will mean that any funding paid for the summer period will be reclaimed.

Summer 2019 Headcount task open

The summer headcount task is now available for completion via the Provider Portal. The deadline for completion is Monday 29th April 2019
For all new children claiming for the first time in the summer period, all providers should only claim a maximum of 11 weeks (165 hours).
Depending on what providers claimed for in the spring period, this will determine how many weeks can be claimed for in the summer period.  Term-time only providers should claim the following:
  • If claimed 12 weeks (180 hours) funding in spring, providers should claim 11 weeks (165 hours) in the summer period
  • If claimed 11 weeks (165 hours) funding in spring, providers should claim for 12 weeks (180 hours)in the summer period
Due to the Easter school holidays falling late in 2019, we would advise term time only providers to complete their headcount task as soon as possible to avoid any last minute queries on deadline day 29th April 2019.  Any late arrivals or amendments should be added in the adjustment task period.
If you are completing information at different times of the day please save this and only submit information once a day.  This will reduce anomalies and the checking we have to do.

School leavers - end dates

For children leaving to go to school, providers should put an end date of no later than 23rd August.  Please be aware that if you add an end date to a child you will not receive an initial payment for the autumn period for those children.
Autumn period 2019 - 
In the autumn period 2019 term-time only providers will claim on their headcount from Monday 2nd September up to Friday 21st December. Excluding the half term week, this will be for 15 weeks x 15/30 hours = 225/450 hours.

Non-attendance log sheets

To reduce administration you no longer need to complete a non-attendance log sheet if the absence is clearly marked on the register.


School readiness and transition to school will be the central theme of these events which are for all early years providers and schools. Why not liaise with your feeder school/early years providers and come along together?
Attending the events will enable you to
  • keep up to date with new early years initiatives, at both local and national level
  • attend a training session 'Supporting children with social communication needs into school' delivered by the Early Years SEND Inclusion Team
  • consider some key questions and recent research around effective transition to school
  • reflect on how effectively you support the transition of vulnerable children (and their families) as they move into school
Where early years providers /schools attend together there will be an opportunity to share information on individual children transferring to school, particularly those with SEND
8233Transition to School EventThurs2.5.196.30pm - 9.00pmGlenfield Sports PavillionBook Now
8234Transition to School EventWed8.5.191.00pm - 4.00pmMelton Baptist ChurchBook Now 
8235Transition to School EventThurs9.5.191.00pm - 4.00pmCharnwood ArmsBook Now 
8236Transition to School EventMon13.5.191.00pm - 4.00pmLeicester Race Course, OadbyBook Now 
8237Transition to School EventTues14.5.199.30am - 12.30pmLutterworth Golf Club Book Now
8238Transition to School EventThurs16.5.199.30am - 12.30pmGreen Towers, Hinckley Book Now
8239Transition to School EventMon20.5.191.00pm - 4.00pmQuorn Grange HotelBook Now

Partner Training
Early Years teacher status

The EYTS is a postgraduate programme which can help you or your staff to learn and understand more about early pedagogy and foundation years.  Nicola Masters, a University of Northampton EYTS graduate, was already a qualified primary school teacher and Head of Early Years when she started her EYTS qualification. When asked how gaining her EYTS has impacted on her practice her response was:

"Having an Early Years Professional as a leader can be a formidable resource.  Global research from across the sector, collectively supports these findings and we know that the quality of early education and childcare is much higher in provisions which are led by early years graduate teachers." For more information and details of how to enrol for September 2019
click here

LSCB new training opportunities

'Core Awareness in Safeguarding Children & Young People'
'Signs of Safety – half day introductory briefing session'
To access these opportunities please use the links below:


Local News

Early Years pupil premium (EYPP)

Families and parents / carers are critical to children's learning, development and progress. There is an expectation that parental engagement in children's learning will be a strong feature of the use of the EYPP.

Our publication Making choices that make a difference: Allocating EYPP funding highlights how you could use the EYPP to support parents and or carers. It also showcases two Leicestershire early years providers who used EYPP to support home learning.


National News

EU settlement scheme

A scheme to process the applications of European Union (EU) citizens currently living in the UK to allow them to remain in the UK after Brexit has now gone live.
From 30th March 2019, people will be able to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.
Anyone currently living in the UK who is an EU citizen will have to apply by 30 June 2021 in order to be allowed to stay in the country. Anyone eligible, who doesn't apply by this deadline, will no longer be living in the country legally.
What is the EU Settlement Scheme?
The EU Settlement Scheme allows EU citizens and family members to continue to live, work and study in the UK and means they continue to be eligible for:
•public services, such as healthcare and schools
•public funds and pensions
•British citizenship, if they meet the requirements and want to apply
Staff are asked to ensure applications are made for eligible children in our care, and that eligible families on our caseloads are made aware of the scheme and the support available to apply.
  • There may be issues for some children accessing documents to prove their identity or residence – so it is advisable to register as early as possible. 
  • Staff should ensure adequate support arrangements are in place to help eligible looked after children and care leavers to apply. 
  • Where the LA holds shared parental responsibility, staff should raise awareness of the scheme to carers with PR for eligible children.
The application
Applicants will need to fill in a short online application form using a computer, tablet or mobile phone. They will be able to access the application on GOV.UK from 30 March 2019.
They will need the following to complete the application:
•access to the internet on a computer, tablet or smartphone
•a valid passport, national identity card, or biometric residence card (if a non-EU citizen)
•a recent photograph or the ability to take one using a smartphone or camera
•a National Insurance number, if they have one
They may need to provide proof of residence, for example P60s, bank statement and utility bills if required.
They will able to get support over the phone or in person if they need online assistance.
Visit GOV.UK for more information.


Early years provider non-compliance: action by Ofsted

Ofsted have updated this document. They have added a section on telephone work to the regulatory activity section; updated policy about hearing objections and risk assessment thresholds; removed surveillance section - this will be published separately; removed table of disqualifiable offences, as this is published by the Department for Education and removed references to pocket notebooks as inspectors now choose the most appropriate way to record evidence.
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