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Services for Young Children

Early Years Education Funding

Autumn 2014 funding period - 1 September 2014 to 31 December 2014

Headcount day is Thursday 18 September 2014.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - Funding period hours update

There is an amendment to the hours claimable for the stretch offer this autumn. Stretch offer claims can be made for up to 207 hours (18 weeks x 11 hours plus up to 9 spare hours).

Headcount letter

All claims should be supported by a parent declaration form which are available in the useful downloads section on the right of this page.

Autumn Parent Declaration Form changes: The form now includes a section to collect ethnicity data which will support the local authority in understanding the childcare needs of different groups of children in Hampshire. You can help us with this task by supporting parents to complete this section using the guidance below.

For completion of the ethnicity section of the autumn parent declaration form, parents can opt to do the following:

In providing early years education places to all communities in Hampshire, Services for Young Children (SfYC) will use information to ensure that the local authority meets its responsibilities under the Equalities Act 2010. (As this is a new data collection Providers will be given additional information in the July EYE Provider briefings)

All information is treated in confidence and is gathered in compliance with the Data Protection act 1998. The collection of this data is explained on the EYE parent/carer/child Privacy Notice which can also be found in the useful downloads section of this page. It will be held and used to help us deliver out statutory duties, including financial and sufficiency planning.


In Period Claims (Previously known as "late claims")

The In period claim form and guidance for completion are available in the useful downloads section on this page.
Please complete this with the parent wishing to claim EYE hours for children starting after headcount or able to increase their hours within the terms of the early years education scheme.

Further information on terms of the early years education scheme and In Period claims can be found in the Early Years Education Payment Funding Terms and Conditions and in particular in Schedule 1 and 2 of these terms and conditions.

The In Period claim forms cannot be processed until after the headcount process has been completed. The earliest dates claims will be processed for each funding period are:
Spring - Monday of the last week of February
Summer - Monday of the last week of May
Autumn - Monday of the last week of October

The deadlines for submitting In Period claims for each funding period are:
Spring - second Friday of April
Summer - second Friday of September
Autumn - second Friday of January

Please note any forms that are incomplete will not be processed, and will be returned for full completion. You will need to ensure it is signed by the person who usually takes responsibility for the claiming of early years education funding and the parent/carer. A copy of the completed form should be retained and the original sent to the address below.

In Period Claims
Services for Young Children
Children's Services Department
Hampshire County Council
EII Court North, 4th Floor
The Castle, Winchester
SO23 8UG

If the claim is approved, the funding will reach the setting's bank account direct and the remittance advice will be sent in the usual way.

Ten Day Payment Target

We aim to pay all headcount claims within ten working days of receiving a complete and correct claim form from our setting.

If for any reason your form is delayed due to a query or missing information, we will inform you in the first instance of this problem and notify you if your ten day start date has been reset.
Your form will then be paid within ten working days of this reset start date.

Headcount claim form errors

Numerous problems have come to light while processing the EYE headcount and claim forms. Some of the issues raised have been highlighted in the guidance document below:

Headcount form checklist

Any queries will delay your payments so getting the form right first time will ensure your payment is released promptly.

If you have any queries about your setting's EYE funding claim please contact the Information Support Team at childcare@hants.gov.uk or 01962 847070.

Or contact your local office.

 

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