FAQ’s Early Years Funding – Coronavirus

As per our Provider Agreement, Early Years Funding will be paid when a setting is closed due to exceptional circumstances which we feel will apply to any action required due to the Coronavirus. We will look to support providers, but need to ensure that parents who need to find alternative childcare are not financially penalised.

You may find the current guidance from DfE useful.

We are aware that there will be a number of different scenarios that may impact on Early Years Funding with regards to self-isolation of staff and/or pupils, and advice from Public Health England (PHE).

We have given some examples below of when funding will and will not be available:

PHE advise to close the setting (due to deep clean requirements etc):

  • Funding will be paid but we ask that you try to offer any funded time later in the term.
  • Funding will not be paid if the child attends and claims funding at an alternative provider.

Provider decides to close the setting:

  • Funding will not be paid and claims will need to be adjusted.

Child has to self-isolate:

  • Funding will be paid as the child will not be attending another provider, but we ask that you try to offer funded time later in the term.

Staff member has to self-isolate:

  • If you need to reduce child spaces due to staffing reductions, please consider how you will manage this with your families.
  • Funding will be paid but we ask that you try to offer any funded time later in the term.
  • Funding will not be paid if the child attends and claims funding at an alternative provider

We will monitor the situation locally and update this information if required and circulate it via the Friday Digest.

You may also want to consider how any private chargeable time will be managed at your setting if you experience any of the above situations.

Early Years Funding Team