Children: Day Care

Department for Education written question – answered on 7th October 2019.

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Photo of Angela Rayner Angela Rayner Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to paragraph 2.10 of Spending Round 2019 published on 4 September 2019, what the average hourly funding rate for delivering the Government's free hours offers (a) was in 2018-19 and (b) will be in 2019-20.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

The average hourly funding rate for 3- and 4-year-olds was £4.75 in both 2018-19 and 2019-20 (provisional). The average rate can be calculated from dedicated school grant tables which can be found here: and here:

The average rate can vary year on year as a result of the number of children taking up the funded hours. The average rate for 3- and 4-year-olds comprises the universal 15-hour entitlement and the additional 15-hour entitlement. It does not include the budget for early years pupil premium, disability access fund or supplementary funding.

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