Statistical information on important indicators of early education services, and supporting user guidance.
The benchmarking tool covers all local authorities in England and can be used to compare an individual local authority to other authorities throughout the country.
Also available are the early years funding benchmarking toolkit; and an early years proforma for each local authority. Both tools include the projected spend in 2013 to 2014 to provide early learning places for 2, 3 and 4-year-olds.
Local authorities can use these tools to compare their local systems and outcomes against those of other authorities. They can use these comparisons to support improvements in fairness and increase value for money.
Early years providers, parents and others can use these tools to better understand the early education system in their area and decisions taken by local authorities, and to compare these to other local authorities.
The user guide explains how to use the tool and what the data means. A full explanation of the methodology behind the data used can be found in the accompanying technical note.