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Education written question – answered on 27th March 2014.

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Photo of Lucy Powell Lucy Powell Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made for the number of three and four-year-olds who will benefit from his new early years premium; what the eligibility criteria is for those children; how those three and four-year-olds will be identified; what amount will be attached to each child; how the premium will be administered; whether all early years settings will be eligible to receive the premium for children in their care; and how many years that funding is guaranteed for.

Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The purpose of the £50 million funding through a pupil premium for early years, which the Government announced on 18 March, is to improve early years provision for disadvantaged three and four-year-olds. We will consult on delivery of the premium, including the eligibility criteria, prior to its introduction in April 2015. Funding decisions beyond 2015-16 will be determined in a future Parliament.

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