The big news this spring for One customers is how we’ve enhanced One to help local authorities and childcare providers manage, and make the most of, the new Early Years Pupil Premium. These enhancements will be available to you after the launch of the One Spring Release in April.
Verify pupil premium eligibility quickly and easily
With our Early Years module, you can now verify whether children in the correct age range for Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) meet the eligibility criteria. You can run this check from within One through the Government’s Eligibility Checking Service (ECS), either for a single child, or for all children as a bulk check.
Once those children eligible for EYPP have been identified, One Early Years will add the correct premium rate as a Single Funding Formula (SFF) payment alongside payments to settings for funded hours, saving considerable administration time whilst providing a clear and transparent record for local authority teams.
Share this information instantly with the front line services who can make a difference
For local authority customers using the One Provider Portal Headcount Module, the information required for making an eligibility check via the Government’s Eligibility Checking Service (surname, date of birth, NI or NASS number of a child’s parent/carers) can be collected by individual childcare settings as part of a headcount collection task.
Childcare providers can then be informed via the One Provider Portal messaging system as to which children are eligible for the Early Years Pupil Premium. In this way, childcare settings can make decisions in advance about putting in place additional support to raise achievement in those children identified as being in most need. And by being able to plan ahead, providers can ensure they make the most effective use of the expenditure being put aside for these initiatives.
I’m really excited about this development and hope that many of our local authorities, and the childcare providers they support, will find this enhancement useful.
Do you think it will help your local authority? Is there anything else that would help you support your childcare providers to make a real difference to the outcomes of children in your communities?