The Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed that it will be funding early implementers at their early implementer rate across the full 30 hours offer. This will mean childcare providers in these areas can start delivering the government’s landmark offer as quickly and effectively as possible.

As part of their preparations with early implementer areas, the DfE reviewed new baseline data on how much funding local authorities allocate to early years services. In light of this new and more accurate information, the DfE has increased the funding rate to reflect this new baseline.

The DfE hopes early implementer providers will be pleased with this additional funding and is looking forward to seeing the early implementer projects in action and hearing how the 5,000 children and their families are benefitting from the extended support.