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Children: Day Care

Question for Department for Education

UIN HL7361, tabled on 23 March 2016

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to ring-fencing funding provided to local authorities for childcare.

Answered on

7 April 2016

We have already announced over £1bn more for the early years entitlements within the ring-fenced Dedicated Schools Grant by 2019-20, which includes £300m per year to uplift the average funding rate to providers. The increase to the funding rate is based on robust evidence from the Review of the Cost of Childcare. We have made clear our commitment to maximise the amount of early years funding which reaches front line childcare providers, and will consult on proposals for achieving this as part of our consultation on early years funding reform later this year.