Early Years

Section 27

Section 27 Schools and Early Years Funding

S27 schools are those operating an early years provision whilst having not officially lowered their school-age of admission via the statutory process. The early years provision will be run by governors as a separate entity as opposed to being part of the whole school.

From 1 April 2018, those schools who deliver early years provision under Section 27 (S27) of the Education Act 2002, have had to revert back to the termly claims process to receive their funding for their Early Years children. This means that these schools will receive their funding via the Early Years Funding Team at Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC) instead of the current method of budget adjustments via the BCC Schools Finance Team. 

Provisional claim forms will be sent to S27 schools via AnyComms+ in accordance with the funding timetable, and final claims are to be submitted following the relevant terms count date. Payments will be made 6 times a year into your school budget or bank account (if a cheque book school) following the submission of the provisional and final claims for each term. Children should not be entered on to SIMS.

Schools with a statutory age range starting at 2 or 3 years will continue to be funded through the school budget based on census data submitted with adjustments at the end of each term.  Children should be entered on SIMS. 

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