Guidance

Use of free early education entitlements funding during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Funding for local authorities and early years providers through the early years dedicated schools grant (DSG).

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This guidance is for:

  • local authorities
  • early years providers

This guidance includes information on:

  • the government’s position on continued DSG funding during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
  • the government’s plans for funding local authorities and early years providers the 2021 spring term and for the financial year 2021 to 2022

Providers should read this guidance alongside:

Published 28 April 2020
Last updated 18 March 2021 + show all updates
  1. Update: the government’s plans for funding local authorities in the 2021 spring term and for the financial year 2021 to 2022.

  2. This guidance has been updated to set out the government’s plans for funding local authorities and childcare providers in the 2021 spring term – this is in section 1. The previously published guidance on early years funding is still valid until 31 December – this is in section 2. Section 2 has been updated to clarify that it refers to the period before the start of the 2021 spring term, and certain paragraphs have been removed to avoid duplication with other, more up to date guidance.

  3. This guidance has been updated to set out the government’s plans for funding local authorities and providers in the 2020 autumn term - this is in section 1. The previously published guidance on early years funding is still valid until the beginning of the autumn term – this is in section 2. Section 2 has been updated to clarify that it refers to the period from the beginning of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak until the start of the autumn term, and certain paragraphs have been removed to avoid duplication with other, more up to date guidance.

  4. First published.