Information on indicators of local authority (LA) early education services, and ways to compare an individual LA to other LAs.
The early years funding benchmarking tool and the early years proforma covers all local authorities in England. These funding tools include projected spending in the 2017 to 2018 financial year to provide early entitlement places for 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds.
Local authorities can use these tools to compare their local systems and outcomes against other local 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:
- understand the early education system in their area
- understand decisions taken by local authorities
- compare these to other local authorities
The user guide explains how to use the tools and what the data means.
The technical note explains the methodology behind the data.