The government have published their consultation response and operational guidance on the early years funding reform:
The Department for Education (DfE) published its government response to the consultation on early years funding reform, including the introduction of an early years national funding formula. DfE would like to thank all those who shared their views via the online survey and attended regional consultation events.
The government response will be relevant to you if you are involved in offering the free entitlements to early learning and childcare for 2, 3-and 4-year olds.
The DfE has published the early years operational guidance which explains to local authorities how the changes in early years funding are to be implemented. This will help local authorities to set budgets for 2017/18 and plan implementation of the reforms.
The operational guidance also explains the new limits on central expenditure and changes in how provision for children with SEND is funded. Please refer to the attached summary for more details.
A local consultation will be launched shortly to help establish some principles about a Kirklees early years single funding formula and events will be held early in the spring term to share the findings and more detailed proposals. Further details will follow.