How to transform your early years education funding process

Providing services for early years education and care can become very admin heavy, with lots of time and money wasted on inefficient processes. At Servelec we can help you make the process for applying for funding for nurseries, child minders and other early years education providers seamless, ensuring your provider receives payment quicker. 

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What is early years funding?

Ofsted registered early years providers have to offer funded childcare and education to parents who have children ages 3-4 who haven’t started school yet, that meet set criteria. Some 2 year olds are also eligible for funding.

Local Authorities pay local providers by directly using the early years funding formula (EYNFF).

What are the responsibilities of a Local Authority?

According to statutory guidance under the Childcare Act 2016 , Local Authorities must ensure that all eligible funding hours are delivered.

The Statutory Guidance also applies the following responsibilities of a council;

  • free entitlements for two, three and four year olds (subject to set criteria) 
  • universal entitlement and extended entitlement
  • sufficient childcare for working parents
  • providing information advice and assistance to parents
  • providing information, advice and training to childcare providers

Updates to Statutory Guidance have been introduced and relate to;

  • extended entitlement to 30 hours free provision
  • how local authorities should pay providers to deliver free entitlement places
  • requirements on local authorities to publish information about childcare in their area
  • the outcomes that different measures are seeking to achieve
  • the legal duties required by legislation 

Does your current Early Years Funding Solution give you everything you need?

Our Early Years Funding solution has been built out of nearly two decades of experience and collaboration with local authorities. With tried, tested and trusted support for 2 year old funding, 3/4 year old funding, monthly payments, stretched entitlement, extended hours, Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP), deprivation supplements and Disability Access Fund (DAF) we can take the stress out of calculating your payments. The built-in payment production facility removes the need to submit spreadsheets or proforma invoices to accounts payable teams with no need for bespoke integration.

Our experienced consultants will help you configure your system to match your existing ways of working. Weightings, discretionary entitlements and funding formulas can all be adapted so the system fits your preferences, rather than forcing you to change how you work.

Online Experience

Our online experience for providers and parents/carers enables them to fully participate in the funding process, with their contributions feeding directly into the system and the underlying calculations, minimising the need for manual intervention. Providers are empowered with detailed headcount and payment information, supported by easy-to-use headcount and adjustments submission facilities. Submitted information is easily validated and matched against existing records, again reducing time and effort in managing the headcount process. Via the fully integrated directory, parents/carers have greater ability to search for, contact and register interest with a setting – putting them in control and reducing enquiries to contact centre teams, with no need for you to export records to an external directory.

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