The FEEE Officer will work as a member of the Early Years Sufficiency and Sustainability Team, leading on the provision and funding of Free Early Education Entitlement for 2, 3- and 4-year olds, 30 Hours Extended Entitlement, DAF and EY Census, for Early Years Providers across Essex.  You will be responsible for the delivery of processes relating to the accurate allocation and payment of funding to Early Years providers in Essex, totalling over £90 Million per annum


Managing an online portal for use by 2700 providers, you will facilitate the collection of data enabling the correct and efficient payment of funding.  The role will be responsible for delivering innovation within education systems relating to early years, to improve productivity and decision-making capability for Education managers and related parties.


Working closely with members of the Systems and Intelligence Team, you will deliver joined up processes relating to the collection of data and delivery of new systems and services to the EY Sector.


Service/Functional Accountabilities


  • Responsible for continued development and implementation of systems across education and early years.  Developing and maintaining effective relationships with a broad range of stakeholder groups to achieve customer excellence

  • Responsible for managing the Headcount for Early Years (2, 3 and 4-year-old funding and 30 Hours applications, annual census collection, Disability Access Fund Applications, 2 Year Old Funding applications.

  • Responsible for managing the Capita One Provider Portal, ensuring Early Years providers have access to submit data during statutory collections and EY Headcount periods easily and efficiently.

  • Design and deliver a payment process across finance and education services to manage efficient payments to Early Years providers, of over £90 million per year.  Ensuring payments are accurate and dealing with any payment issues.

  • Manage the issuing of contracts to early years providers approved to deliver funded places for Early Years provision.

  • Monitor workflow relating to the delivery of early years funded services and the management of Capita One Early Years module, ensuring processes and updates are executed successfully.

  • Responsible for verifying the quality of data within Capita One to ensure accurate payments are made, checking information relating to 2-Year-Old Funding, Portal back office admin, Provider Self Update Portal, Ofsted download, payment parameters and new registrations.

  • Facilitate access to and manage the Free Entitlement funding for 2, 3- and 4-year olds through the management of the Capita One Early Years module, in support of the Early Year Funding Manager.

  • Work collaboratively with colleagues in Contact Essex Centre to provide information to applicants, providers and professionals on the delivery of funding for children accessing Early Years Education services.

  • Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience.

  • Evidence of continuing professional development with expert knowledge in relevant professional area.

  • Experience of service delivery within Local Government, particularly education, information management and systems delivery.

  • User knowledge of Capita One, Microsoft Office, SSRS and Crystal Reports is advantageous.

  • Ability to manage own workload in a busy environment.

As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service.  The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate.  This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained.  For further information on the DBS update service please go to https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service.


Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees.  More information can be found on https://www.workingforessex.com/benefits


Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.


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If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact Recruitment Team 0333 013 5888.