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Consultation on Nursery Provision at Hogarth Primary school - This has now closed

Proposal to lower the age range for Hogarth Primary school September 2019

 

Consultation on a proposal to lower the age range of the school from 4 to 2 years old to provide up to a maximum of 30 fte 2-4 year olds places and out of school provision, from September 2019.

 

Hogarth Primary school has been in discussion with Essex County Council (ECC) over the past few months, looking at the potential to lower the age range of the school to provide additional early years and childcare places and provide out of school care in response to an increasing demand for full-time early years and childcare provision. The shool’s governing body sees this as a positive opportunity for the school and is giving its support to the proposal.

 

The reason for the lowering the school’s age range from 4 to 2 years old is to meet the identified extra demand for early years and childcare provision due to the increasing population and surrounding developments. 

 

Essex County Council has a statutory duty under the Childcare Act (2006), to ensure there is sufficient and accessible high quality early years and childcare provision. (Please see detail in Appendix 1)

 

EYCC Summer 2018 sufficiency data indicates that there are a limited number of early years and childcare places available in the Brentwood South ward, with no full-time vacancies available and no out of school places available within the area (the vacancies demonstrated in the table below are limited hour vacancies in a part-time provision). The EYCC data also shows that surrounding wards have a deficit of early years and childcare places available. Since the analysis of this data we are also aware that the local provision availability has reduced further.

 

 

Places Taken

Vacancies

% Capacity

0-1yr

2yr

3-4yr

5-7yr

8-14yr

15-17yr

0-1yo

2yo

3-4 yo

5-7yo

8-14yo

15-17yo

105.3%

31

35

89

12

12

0

1

3

11

0

0

0

 

EYCC have also developed a 5 year forecasting strategy that enables the service to look at the population, development and capacity of current provision in the area and whether there are sufficient places to accommodate for the population. Surrounding wards suggest that there are a deficit of places and although the plan shows a surplus in the Brentwood South ward, families can often access provision in other areas for reasons such as work which would correlate with the limited number of places in the above sufficiency table above.

 

ECC also engages closely with Brentwood Borough Council and  building developers to ensure that where significant local additional housing is being planned, S106* funding to create sufficient new early years and childcare places is secured where necessary.

 

*Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, allows a Local Planning Authority to enter into an agreement with land owners and developers. Under this provision ECC may request land, buildings and/or financial contributions to develop Early Years and Childcare (EY&C) services to meet the increased demand created by the development.

 

GP and local census data demonstrate that there is a growth of families moving to the area and Brentwood Borough Council’s draft Local District Plan (which is currently out to public consultation), proposes an increase of 7,752 new homes, 47.39ha of employment land, and 5,000 jobs over this plan period. Therefore the number of predicted early years and childcare places required to meet this need will increase accordingly. Alongside future pressure on early years and childcare provision, there is already pressure on existing provision with limited places available. This proposal intends to provide some of these additional early years and childcare places.

 

The proposal is to lower the age range of the school to from 4 to 2 years old and operate a school run term-time only nursery from 9am to 3pm and a Breakfast, After-school and Holiday Club to support those working families. This provision will cater for a maximum of 30 fte places and will offer Free Early Education Entitlement funded early years and childcare places as well as Free Early Education Extended Funding Entitlement funding (30 hours) to support eligible working families. The proposal is for this new early years and childcare setting to open from September 2019.

 

If you have any question or comments about the proposal, the school will be holding a drop-in session for members of the community on the 3rd April 2019, 6.30pm until 8pm. You can also visit the schools website for further information.

 

We would be grateful if you would please submit your response to this consultation regardless of whether a nursery place is applicable to you.

All surveys should be completed by 7th May 2019

Surveys can be completed

 

 

Appendix 1

 

Under the Childcare Act 2006, Essex County Council must ensure that there is sufficient, high quality early years and childcare places within the local area. Section 6 of the Act defines ‘sufficient childcare’ as sufficient to meet the requirements of parents in the area who require childcare in order to enable them to take up, or remain in, work or undertake education or training which could reasonably be expected to assist them to obtain work. Parents/carers can choose to access childcare away from their home area, for example near to a place of work or training.

Section 7 sets out a duty to secure free early years education entitlement provision for preschool children.  Currently every child aged three or four is entitled to up to 15 hours per week free early years education entitlement (FEEE) for 38 weeks of the year. The Free Early Education Entitlement for 2-year olds (FEEE2) entitles the 40% most disadvantaged 2 year olds up to 15 hours per week for 38 week of the year of free nursery education. (Or a maximum of 570 hours over a stretched offer throughout the year)

Since September 2017 local authorities are required by legislation to provide an Extended Free Entitlement (EFE) offer of 30 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year, to children aged 3 & 4 based on eligibility criteria.

 

The ECC Early Years and Childcare (EYCC) service collects headcount data on a regular basis from existing early years and childcare providers which is analysed along with population numbers to provide an overview of the availability and quality of early years and childcare provision. This analysis is used to forecast and plan where there is a need for additional places to enable all families to have access to high quality childcare.

 

 

 

 

 

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