July 2019 - Discretionary Deferral Funding & Early Entry to School Data

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Patricia Anderson

Dear Argyll and Bute Council,

Please accept this email as a Freedom of Information request.
Please could the Council provide:

(For Qs 1-3 below this data was already requested in an FoI by Sarah McCluckie via the WDTK website in early May so I am looking for either confirmation that your response to that FoI is still accurate or an update on the data if there have been any subsequent applications and decisions).

1) The total number of requests received to date for the Council to provide discretionary funding for a further year of early learning and childcare for children whose fifth birthdays will fall between the day after the school start date in August 2019 and 31st Dec 2019.

2) A breakdown of the total number in 1. above by requests for
a) continued funding in private/voluntary settings and
b) continued funding in council run settings.

3) In relation to question 2, please provide the number of places the Council has agreed to provide continued funding for in
a) private/voluntary settings and
b) council run settings.

4. How many of the children applying have a December birthday?

5a. How many appeals (challenges if there is no official appeals process) did the Council receive against the Council’s decision not to grant funding?

5b. How many of these appeals/challenges resulted in the initial decision being overturned?

6. How many official complaints has the Council received regarding discretionary deferral funding decisions between Nov 2018 and today?

7a. How many applications did the Council receive for children to be permitted early entry to primary school to start in Aug 2019 instead of Aug 2020 (for children who will turn five on or after 1st March 2020)?

7b. How many of these early entry applications were approved?

8. Is the Council’s discretionary deferral funding policy currently under review or are there any plans to update it in the near future?

Yours faithfully,

Patricia Anderson

Administrator, Argyll and Bute Council


Dear Patricia Anderson

Request for information: Deferral and early entry to school data

Thank you for your information request which we have logged as reference
argyllbuteir:10421.

It has been passed to the relevant service(s) for attention and you should
receive a response under either the Freedom of Information (Scot) Act 2002
or the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 by 2019-08-16
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Dear Ms Anderson

 

Request for information: Deferral and early entry to school data

Reference: argyllbuteir:10421.

 

I refer to your request for information which was dealt with in terms of
the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA).

 

I have attached the following information in fulfilment of your request:

 

1.  25 requests have been received to date by Argyll and Bute Council for
to provide discretionary funding for a further year of early learning and
childcare for children whose fifth birthdays will fall between the day
after the school start date in August 2019 and 31st Dec 2019.

 

2.  A breakdown of the total number in 1. above by requests for

a) 16 of these are continued funding in private/voluntary settings.  This
has increased since response to previous FOI request.  This is due to two
partner provider settings closing in June 2019 and children transferred
their funded ELC to a Local Authority   ELC setting.

b) 7 of these are continued funding in council run settings.  An
additional 2 children access a blended placement between Local Authority
and Partner Provide Setting. 

 

3.  In relation to question 2, please provide the number of places the
Council has agreed to provide continued funding for in

a) 16 private/voluntary settings and

b) 7 council run settings plus the two blended placements.

 

4.  16 of the children applying have a December birthday.

 

5.  Appeals

a) 0 appeals received as the Council did not refuse any requests.

 

            b) Not applicable

 

6.  0 official complaints have been received regarding discretionary
deferral funding decisions between Nov 2018 and today.

 

7.  Early Entry

a) There were 6 application for children to be permitted early entry to
primary school to start in Aug 2019 instead of Aug 2020.  Of these only 4
were valid requests as the other children were of age to start school in
August 2019.

 

b) Of the 4 valid applications made for early entry 1 was approved.

 

8. The Council’s discretionary deferral funding policy currently is not
currently under review and there are no plans at this time to do so.

 

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Executive Director Customer Services, Argyll and Bute Council, Kilmory,
Lochgilphead, Argyll PA31 8RT, or by email to [Argyll and Bute Council request email].

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Heather Jeffrie

 

 

Heather Jeffrie

Admin Assistant

Customer Services: Education

Argyll House, Alexandra Parade, Dunoon, PA23 8AJ

Tel:  01369 708632

Fax: 01369 708584

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