10 September 2019

Family Services Commissioning

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Early years providers have been sharing progress data with partners such as family centres and Herts for Learning to help ensure that all children and families are supported in achieving the best outcomes.

What is changing?

Family Services Commissioning has created a new section within the funding return of the early years portal where providers will enter the individual progress data of children who are receiving free early education. This will only need to be entered/submitted with the funding return submission. The new section will be available for this autumn 2019 funding period when the early years portal opens at 12pm on Wednesday 4 September 2019; this gives you additional time to enter this information before the funding return week which closes on Friday 27 September 2019.

At this point in time schools are excluded from this process, however FSC are developing access for schools and this feature will be available at a later date.

Whose data will need to be entered?

Only children who are continuing with you into the autumn term from summer term will need their progress data recorded onto the portal, this will relate to their progress as at the end of summer 2019. The portal will identify these children for you on your funding return entry screen. You will enter the data on the first 15 hours free early education screen only.

What will settings be entering?

All providers know the early years outcomes document includes age-band descriptors for, 22-36 months, 30-50 months and 40-60+ months. For the portal only these final three bands will be used based on the children’s ages.

In the early years portal we will ask you to record a child’s progress using these five descriptions appropriate for that child via a drop down list in this order.

  • If the child is not yet showing progress within the expected age band they would be deemed to be working below the typical stage of development for their chronological age.
  • Is the child demonstrating a few/some of the elements of an age-band (having shown competence in the previous age-band)? If so, this child is entering that age-band.
  • Is the child demonstrating many of the elements of an age-band? If so, this child is developing within that age-band.
  • Is the child demonstrating most of the elements of an age-band? If so, this child is securing that age-band.
  • If the child is demonstrating progress above the expected age band they would be deemed to be working above the typical stage of development for their chronological age

We are aware that statements within the age-bands are not hierarchical. There is no set order or pattern in which children attain the outcomes. Children might sometimes be showing elements across different age-bands.

Your experience of assessment and best fit principles should be applied to make the judgement on a child’s progress.

Please see below a mock-up of how the progress data screen will look on the portal.

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