Children who are eligible for Pupil Premium would be eligible.
Yes – we would encourage everyone to apply and if you cannot build a partnership within your own area, we will look to partner you with another group offering similar provision to make up the 4x4x4. Funding would be distributed to the individual groups still so that you are in control of your own finances. Please encourage small groups you know to apply.
£2.30 is the rate the DfE pays schools to enable them to provide Universal Infant School Meals, so they have stipulated the same cap.
We anticipate that funding will be paid prior to delivery
35% or 4035 children is the number of eligible free school meals children that we collectively need to target to meet the requirements of the DfE bid (the total number of FSM children in Cheshire West is 11680).
It may be that within your provision 100% of those attending receive free school meals, or it may be only 5% of those attending receive free school meals, it doesn’t matter how many young people attend your provision, it is the contribution to the total target that counts. We do not want to exclude children who do not receive free school meals, but funding will only be available for those in receipt or those deemed in need.
The app is still in the planning stages, the registration will be web based and we hope that the attendance register will also be app based. This will enable is to track children across different provision, so although you have to offer 4x4x4 the child may access two days from you and two somewhere else, the app enables us to record the child as having attended 4x4x4 and will hopefully support us therefore in meeting our target numbers. This app will allow a paper register to be uploaded once in an appropriate setting. Edsential do have some tablets that we can lend out if groups are really struggling. The site will be cloud based and secure and a data protection policy will be circulated with retention periods prior to the summer holidays.
We would not exclude these children, however you need to be mindful that funding is primarily for children receiving free school meals.
We will hopefully be receiving applications for existing provision where relationships are already built, so you should have a good indicator of attendance. Where new provision is funded the project co-ordinators will be monitoring closely. All groups will have the option of pre-registering children to give an indication of attention, this may or may not be suitable for your group, but in new provision may be advisable. The situation will be assessed each week and if your provision is not succeeding we may move funds to support another group who is over subscribed.
Some children may not attend the full 4 hours a day provision, however that must be available for them to access. They may just turn up for an hour to get fed and then leave, there is nothing you can do about that, you would mark them in as attending and obviously encourage them to engage.
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