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LGA responds to NDNA research into funding to nurseries

Cllr Roy Perry, Vice Chairman of the LGA’s Children and Young People Board, responded to the National Day Nurseries Association’s (NDNA) research into local authority funding rates to nurseries for two, three and four year olds, 

"From September, councils will be working closely with providers to deliver the Government's commitment to an additional 15 hours of free childcare for working parents, bringing the total to 30 hours. This represents a great opportunity to provide support for parents as well as early education for children to help them get ready to start school.

“However, councils remain concerned that the proposed increase in funding will not be enough to secure enough high quality provision for everyone who wants it.

“Councils have a statutory responsibility for quality, flexibility and sufficiency of early years provision in their areas. In the recent revised funding formula, the Government set a target of just 5 per cent of the overall funding to be retained by councils to support essential central administration and support. The research shows that on average local authorities are already retaining less than 5 per cent.

“In some instances, where councils provide more centralised training and support in agreement with nurseries and other early years providers, local authorities may agree with government to retain a higher level of funding, enabling the sector to reflect differences in local approaches.”

NDNA’s Annual Nursery Survey

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