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Pre-school Education: Finance

Department for Education written question – answered on 11th December 2017.

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Photo of Matt Western Matt Western Labour, Warwick and Leamington

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to ensure that early years education is sufficiently funded.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill Minister of State (Education)

By 2019-20, we will be spending around £6 billion a year on childcare support, including £1 billion a year to deliver 30 hours of free childcare and increase our hourly funding rates to local councils for the free entitlements.

The Early Years National Funding Formula is allocating our record investment fairly and transparently, so that early years providers can deliver free childcare on a sustainable and high quality basis. The government’s average hourly funding rate to local councils for three- and four-year olds compares very favourably with recently published research into the hourly cost of childcare by Frontier Economics.

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