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Children: Day Care

Question for Department for Education

UIN 45020, tabled on 5 September 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding per head is received for childcare in (a) St Helens North, (b) Merseyside and (c) the UK in the latest period for which figures are available.

Answered on

8 September 2016

Local authorities in Merseyside (including St Helens) currently (2016-17) receive the following funding rate per child per hour from central Government for delivering the two year old and three and four year old entitlements:


Three and Four year old entitlement

Two year old entitlement

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In 2016-17 the national average hourly rate paid by the Department of Education to local authorities in England is £4.56 for three and four year olds and £5.09 for two year olds. This includes the early years pupil premium.

The figures given above relate to England. Childcare policy for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is devolved.

We are currently consulting on proposals to change the way we fund free childcare and early years education. Our consultation can be found at:

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