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In Cambridgeshire we are facing fairly major cuts to the level of funding for next year. Can I ask if anyone else is in this position and how do you expect it to affect you?

There have also been some wonderful services for SEN children lost and I am a bit heart-broken at how this is affecting past (and no doubt, future) children who have been in our care.

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As we are about to face the single funding formula here in Worcestershire I think there will be issues for mainatained nurseries which have been used to a certain level of funding regardless of the amount of children within the setting.

I also believe that the amount paid per hour for nursery education funding may actually go down so who knows what that will bring for the other types of settings struggling to hold on to staff and pay ever increasing bills!!!!

 

One of the saddest things I have heard regarding all the change so far is that children with special needs will now only get 15 hours funding in total.................

 

So some of the lovely little souls who have been through our doors for instance in the afternoons and been at a specialised unit in the mornings now have one or the other or the 15 hous split!!!

 

It won't count against their NEF hours if they are at an assessment unit but it will if they are at a nursery plus or similar.

 

I find this SO sad. Many children with special needs do need intensive specialised help but they also need the stimulation and conversation of their peers in an ordinary setting.

 

I can get the arguement that they are being "double funded" so to speak BUT really is this what the penny pinching has come down to???????

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like scarlettangel we are also facing sff coming in in april but at the moment this appears to have worked out ok for us (though there is still time to change the rules!!) but i posted here the other day about SEN funding as i am having a real problem with this at the moment.My pre-school has a good reputation for being inclusive and so we get referals from health visitors etc. but i am now getting NO money to support these children. I currently have 2 boys in the afternoons who require 1-1 support ...we only have 3 staff in so that leaves one staff member to support all the other children. This is just not on...at least schools are still getting an sen budget we now have nothing and the support systems we use have also been cut. My learning support advisor works one day a week...she had to come to a meeting yesterday and was really abrupt with the parents because she had to go by 1.p.m as she didnt work that afternoon (i know she might not be being paid but that has NEVER stopped me! :( )

Sorry gripe over xD:o

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We are stilling waiting to hear how or if our funding is to be cut. I have to admit to being better off over the last year (slightly) since our borough went on to SFF. But I am dreading them telling us we have a cut in our funding, we really cannot afford even to lose 5p per child, as I'm sure most of you cant. There have been all sorts of rumours here but nothing confirmed yet. I think the Mayor is to announce/set the budget for our borough today, I do hope we find out soon as until we do it is impossible to set our own budgets for the following year.

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