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Talking 2's Funding

Parents or carers of two year olds who meet the critera can apply for a free early learning place to fund childcare sessions for 15 hours per week flexibly, 38 weeks of the year from the term after their second birthday.

 

A child born in the period Will become eligible for a free place
1 April - 31 August Start of Autumn term (following child's 2nd birthday)
1 September - 31 December Start of Spring term (following child's 2nd birthday)
1 January - 31 March Start of Summer term (following child's 2nd birthday)

Eligibility:

  • you meet the criteria for free school meals
  • you receive working tax credits and have household gross yearly income of no more than £16,190 before tax credits
  • your child has a current statement of Special Education Needs (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care Plan
  • your child attracts Disability Living Allowance
  • your child has left care through special guardianship or an adoption or residency order (including children in care).

 

Changes from the 1st April 2018

From the 1st April 2018, any child born on or after 1st January 2016 will be entitled under the new criteria thresholds:

  • you meet the criteria for free school meals
  • you receive working tax credits and have household gross yearly income of no more than £15,400 before tax credits
  • your child has a current statement of Special Education Needs (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care Plan
  • your child attracts Disability Living Allowance
  • your child has left care through special guardianship or an adoption or residency order (including children in care).

 

Parents/carers who meet the above critera will usually automatically recieve a letter to inform them that they are eligible for the funding.

When enquireing for a place please bring your letter confirming you eligibility and also proof of identification and address, when you collect your registration forms.

 

Number of children

% of toddlers

Autumn 2015

33

62%

Spring 2016

29

67%

Summer 2016

31

66%

 

 

Received £

How the money has been used

£

Research

Autumn 2015

£33’610.50

 

(£4.85 per hour x 15 hours x 14 weeks x 33 children)

 

  • Towards staff wages for small group intervention

To pay for session

£24’255.00

 

£9’355.50 for additional support

  • Small group intervention of 1:3 is very effective for Personal, social and emotional development, play, communication  and education in helper children to make progress.
  • Language Spirals resources, age appropriate, for short pacey regular sessions, are shown to improve children’s speech, language and communication rapidly.

Spring 2016

£23’207.25

 

(£4.85 per hour x 15 hours x 11 weeks x 29 children)

 

  • Towards staff wages for small group intervention

 

 To pay for session

£16’747.50

 

£6’459.75 for additional support

  • Small group intervention of 1:3 is very effective for Personal, social and emotional development, play, communication  and education in helper children to make progress.
  • Short periods 10 – 20 minutes, daily over ½ a term of intense sessions improve progress and outcomes
  • Children are grouped according to sessions that they attend and to specific need and ability
  • Children’s needs are accurately assessed and targeted

Summer 2016

 

 

 

Partial wage cost of the Federated learning mentor for..

  • Talking two's home visits,
  • Family Learning,
  • Follow up work with families from home visits

 

  • Barriers to learning have been identified early and provision put into place collaboratively with other professionals either for the child or the family.
  • Strong home/nursery links formed between practitioners and parents/carers to ensure that the child makes good progress.
  •  Parents have been informed of the expectations for early learning and have had the opportunity to be a part of their child's learning at nursery and at home.
  • Short periods 10 – 20 minutes, daily over ½ a term of intense sessions improve progress and outcomes

Spring Term 2016

  • 57% of children have less than expected progress, 11% have made expected progress and 32% have made exceeding progress in health and self-care. Many of the Talking Two funded children are not developmentally reading for toilet training and a commitment is needed from both parents and ourselves to keep consistency for the child.
  • 71% of children have made expected or exceeding progress in ‘The world’. There are two statements in 22 - 36 months and there are plenty of opportunities for children to access resources and activities within the enhanced provision.
  • 83% of children have made expected or exceeding progress in ‘Speaking’ and 56% of children have made expected or exceeding progress in ‘Listening & attention and Understanding’. This is exceptional progress considering their starting points and this area of development has a great impact on other areas of learning.