2-year-old early education entitlement: local authority guide
How much early-education funding local authorities receive for 2-year-olds, and how they should manage it.
The early education entitlement includes funding for early years providers who care for 2-year-olds.
Early years providers are any organisation that offers education for children aged under 5, including nurseries and childminders.
Read the criteria that 2-year-olds and their families must meet to be eligible for this funding in the 2015 to 2016 financial year.
Funding for 2015 to 2016
The amount of funding you receive in 2015 to 2016 depends on how many eligible 2-year-olds take up their entitlement to early education in your area.
Details of how we’ll calculate and adjust the amount of funding each local authority receives are available in the ‘Dedicated schools grant 2015 to 2016: technical note’ document.
Hourly rates for 2015 to 2016
You can use these rates for reference until we allocate you your funding in June 2015.
How to manage the funding
We recommend that you pass as much funding as possible to early years providers in your area.
You must consult your area’s school forum every year on the arrangements for funding early years provision. You should set the hourly rates you’ll pay providers for the early education entitlement for eligible 2-year-olds as part of this consultation.