Guidance

Early years benchmarking tool

Information on indicators of local authority (LA) early education services, and ways to compare an individual LA to other LAs.

Documents

Early years funding benchmarking tool

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Early years funding proforma

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Early years benchmarking: user guide

Detail

The early years benchmarking tool includes information on

  • funding
  • take-up of the early learning entitlement
  • quality of early years provision
  • children’s outcomes

It covers all local authorities (LAs) in England.

Also available are the early years funding benchmarking tool and the early years proforma for each LA. Both these funding tools include the projected spend in 2014 to 2015 to provide early learning places for 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds.

LAs can use these tools to compare their local systems and outcomes against other LAs. 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 LAs
  • compare these to other LAs

The user guide explains how to use the tool and what the data means.

The technical note explains the methodology behind the data.