Consultation outcome

Early years funding: changes to funding for 3- and 4-year-olds

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Early years funding: government consultation response

Detail of outcome

Summary of the responses we received, along with the government’s response outlining the next steps.

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Original consultation


We seek views on changes to how we fund free childcare and early education for 3- and 4-year-olds, including a new national funding formula.

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Consultation description

We’re consulting on proposals to change the way we fund free childcare and early years education. The proposals include:

  • introducing a new early years national funding formula for 3- and 4-year-olds
  • changing the way local authorities fund the early years providers in their area
  • making sure that children with special educational needs or disabilities attract the extra funding they need

Early years providers offer free early education and childcare for children aged under 5, including nurseries and childminders.

Published 11 August 2016
Last updated 12 December 2016 + show all updates
  1. Added link to 'early years national funding formula: factsheet on the government response'.

  2. Added the government response to the consultation, along with links to funding allocations and guidance for local authorities.

  3. First published.