Decision details

Provision of additional financial support to the three maintained nursery schools

Decision Maker: Corporate Director of Children and Young People's Services

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

To consider feedback provided by the three maintained nursery schools on the financial impact of the Covid pandemic on their operations during the 2020/21 financial year and to approve the proposed additional financial support to be provided to assist them in mitigating Covid related financial losses.
Whilst the maintained nursery schools have been able to access the CJRS, they have been unable to access other Government Covid financial support mechanisms which have been available to the wider schools and early years sectors. Any agreed additional financial support will be funded from the local NYCC Covid Early Years Financial Support Fund.

Decision:

To approve the provision of the additional Covid financial support to the Maintained Nursery Schools as detailed in section 3.3 of the report. The additional financial support will be funded from the local NYCC Covid Early Years Support Fund.

Reasons for the decision:

The Local Authority is aware of the significant financial challenges that the three maintained nursery schools within North Yorkshire have faced as a result of the Covid pandemic. A financial review was undertaken with each of the three maintained nursery schools in order to determine the financial impact in the 2020/21 financial year of the Covid pandemic on each individual establishment.

Whilst the maintained nursery schools have been able to access the Covid Job Retention Scheme, they have been unable to access other Government Covid financial support mechanisms that have been available to the wider schools and early years sectors. The additional Covid financial support for the maintained nursery schools as detailed in 3.3 of the report seeks to achieve parity with the levels of additional financial support that has been available to the wider schools and early years’ sector.

The Schools Forum have considered the findings of the review and have endorsed the provision of the additional Covid financial support to the Maintained Nursery Schools detailed in 3.3 of this report.

Alternative options considered:

None

Publication date: 08/07/2021

Date of decision: 06/07/2021

Effective from: 16/07/2021

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