Early Years Capital Fund

Information for local authorities about the outcomes from the Early Years Capital Fund bidding round

This guidance was withdrawn on

The programme closed on 26 October 2020.

Local authority capital award: outcome

On 21 June 2016, local authorities were invited to bid for capital funding to create new childcare places. These places will support delivery of the government’s manifesto commitment to give working parents of 3- and 4-year-olds 30 hours of free childcare a week.

Eligible local authorities were invited to submit applications for specific projects in their area by 31 August 2016. The application round is now closed. The priority for this fund is to target areas within local authorities most in need of capital funding to deliver 30 hours places. Further information on the assessment criteria is available.

The department originally published outcomes of this bidding round in January 2017, awarding £50 million to approved projects to support the creation of 30 hours places. We are now pleased to announce that we have doubled this investment to £100 million via the same application round.

This funding will enable almost 400 providers to deliver 30 hours places to help meet demand from working parents. Further details about 30 hours policy is available in our recently published statutory guidance.

The lists of approved projects for the first and second wave of funding have now been released.

List of successful projects (Wave 1)

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List of successful projects (Wave 2)

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Published 10 January 2017
Last updated 11 April 2017 + show all updates
  1. Includes detail of additional outcomes announced as part of this bidding round

  2. First published.