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Jan Gallagher Principal Officer Childcare and Family Information

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									                                                         Jan Gallagher
                                                         Principal Officer
                                                         Childcare and Family Information Service

                                                         Ref: VN/JG/EYFR

                                                         Date: 29 August 2009




Dear Colleague

CONSULTATION : FREE EARLY EDUCATION – SINGLE FUNDING FORMULA

It is a requirement by Government that all Local Authorities develop and introduce a Single
Funding Formula arrangement for the funding of Free Early Education for 3 and 4 year old
children. This requirement has to be met by 2010/2011.

The Single Funding Formula should be a means of ensuring that a transparent and
equitable system is in place for all sectors (although this does not mean the same amount
of funding). This funding should be targeted towards areas and children with most need;
reflect the cost of delivery and support the continuous improvement in quality so that better
outcomes for children can be achieved.

The theoretical model we are proposing has been developed over the past 12 months,
through detailed analysis and engagement with stakeholders. This work has been steered
through an Early Years Funding Reform Group, consisting of Local Authority Officers,
Maintained and Private, Voluntary and Independent (PVI) sector representatives. A
number of workshops and information sessions have also been held for all providers to
assist with the development of this.

This change has inevitably created a great deal of interest and challenges to all providers
of early education, and to the Local Authority in its’ attempt to develop a formula that is
equitable and transparent.

You are invited to contribute to the consultation process by completing and returning the
attached questionnaire. Your contribution will assist with finalising the proposal so that we
can implement the agreed Single Funding Formula Arrangement commencing in the
financial year 2010/2011 for all providers of Free Early Education.

To support with your understanding of the proposals, and to enable detailed discussion
about these, you have been invited to a workshop on 15 September 2009 at LACE, Ullet
Road, Liverpool L17 (please refer to my earlier letter of 30 July 2009). If you need further
details about these workshops, please contact Deidre Stretton (Tel 225 4973 Email:
deirdre.stretton2@liverpool.gov.uk).

                                                                                      P.T.O


                                        Liverpool City Council
                           Municipal Buildings, Dale Street, Liverpool L2 2DH
                                           tel: 0151 225 4987
                   email: jan.gallagher@liverpool.gov.uk web: www.liverpool.gov.uk
Your consultation responses should be returned to Vicky Novak, Liverpool City Council
Marketing Services, Municipal Buildings, Dale Street, Liverpool L2 2DH. Email:
vicky.nowak@liverpool.gov.uk).     If you have any enquiries about the consultation
process please contact Vicky direct (Tel: 233 5371).

The closing date for this consultation is Friday 23 October 2009.

I look forward to receiving your responses.

Yours faithfully




Jan Gallagher
Principal Officer
Childcare and Family Information Service




                                        Liverpool City Council
                           Municipal Buildings, Dale Street, Liverpool L2 2DH
                                           tel: 0151 225 4987
                   email: jan.gallagher@liverpool.gov.uk web: www.liverpool.gov.uk

								
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