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£50 million boost to childcare schemes

The Education Secretary Justine Greening has announced a £50 million grant scheme to provide thousands of new childcare places.

The government has confirmed a list of successful projects benefitting from grants worth £50 million, which will help to deliver the government’s landmark 30 hours free childcare offer.

These confirmed projects will create almost 9,000 free places for eligible 3- and 4-year-olds, saving parents around £5,000 per year when it is rolled out from next September.

Almost 200 nurseries and pre-schools will receive a share of this funding to invest in new buildings, convert old ones and upgrade facilities.

More than £2 million of this funding will be invested in the Education Secretary’s first 6 opportunity areas of:

  • Blackpool
  • Derby
  • Norwich
  • Oldham
  • Scarborough
  • West Somerset

These areas have been identified as social mobility ‘coldspots’ and are benefiting from additional funding to help all children to reach their full potential.


Early years national funding formula: allocations and guidance

The DfE has published documents for local authorities outlining how much funding local authorities will get for the financial year 2017 to 2018, and guidance to help them implement the funding changes. The documents provide:

  • a breakdown of early years national funding formula (EYNFF) funding allocations for the financial year 2017 to 2018 (together with formula-only allocations)
  • a step-by-step guide on the data used to calculate the allocations
  • operational guidance to help local authorities implement the changes introduced as part of the EYNFF


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