Guidance

Early years funding 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

Early years benchmarking tables: technical note

Details

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.

Published 14 March 2014
Last updated 2 November 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated technical note, user guide, benchmarking tool, and proforma documents to reflect information on projected local authority spending in the 2017 to 2018 financial year.
  2. Updated 'Early years funding benchmarking tool'; 'Early years funding proforma'; 'User guide' and 'Technical note' documents with information for the 2016 to 2017 financial year.
  3. Updated technical note, user guide, benchmarking tool, and proforma documents to reflect information on projected local authority spending in the 2015 to 2016 financial year.
  4. Updated user guide and technical note with accessible versions.
  5. Updated early years benchmarking tool, user guide and technical note.
  6. Updated guidance documents, early years funding benchmarking tool and the early years proforma.
  7. First published.