Freedom of information response

Nursery Education for 2 Year Olds

Publication date: 
Tuesday 10 March 2020
Request: 

1.         How many 2 year olds have been provided with free nursery education places by your local authority in each of the following three categories since 30 August 2019 :
1.1      Their parents claim support under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; They would be entitled to free early education provision if the normal financial criteria under the Local Authority (Duty to Secure Early Years Provision Free of Charge)

Regulations 2014 were applied and their parents were entitled to access public funds, and the parents either
a)         Satisfy the criteria for a derivative right to reside under regulation 16(5) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 whether or not they have applied to the Home office for confirmation of that status (which includes Zambrano carers); or
b)         Have been granted leave to remain on Article 8 private and family life grounds, but with a condition of no recourse to public funds.

2.         Please could you also tell us:
2.1       How many requests for funding for free nursery education for two year olds you have received from each of the groups specified in question 1 since August 30th 2019; and
2.2       How many of those requests were successful. 

3.         Please could you also tell us:
3.1       What steps you take to publicise free nursery education for two year olds;
3.2      Whether you undertake any specific outreach activities to try and ensure that families with 2 year old children who may benefit from free nursery education know about the entitlement and, if so, what are those activities?
3.3      Are of those activities which you have identified in your answer to 3.2 aimed at any specific groups and,  if so, which groups, and which activities target them?
3.4      What steps has your council has taken to specifically publicise the extension of eligibility since August 2019

Response: 

1. Our term starts from 1st September so we have only included statistics from the Autumn term when the new criteria came into force. It is too soon for use to be able to provide statistics for the spring 2020 term.

1.1       0
a)         0
b)         0

2.1       Fewer than 5
2.2       0

3.1       The Two Year Entitlement Officer contacted the DfE regarding the need for the new criteria to be added to the Gov.UK website. This information has only been recently added and arrangements are in hand to update information on the Thurrock Council website. We are currently revising our application form to reflect the new criteria. Information about the additional criteria has been shared with other professionals.

3.2       Our FIS undertake occasional outreach activities and share this information. The Two Year Entitlement team work with children centre staff, social care teams and childcare providers to ensure that the message about the new criteria is delivered at point of contact with families.

3.3       No

3.4       As already stated we have been proactive in requesting that this information is included on the Gov.uk website so that our own information can be updated to reflect the changes.

We are unable to provide an exact number for question 2.1 above as:

  • There is a low number involved.

  • The release of this information could identify individuals which would constitute their personal data under the Data Protection Act

  • There is no prior expectation on the part of these individuals that their personal information would be published in the wider public domain under the FOI Act

  • Personal data of any other person is exempt under section 40 (2) of the Data Protection Act.

However in the interests of transparency we are able to provide this information to you categorised as fewer than 5 to give you an indication of the figures

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Request reference:
FOI 9820