Early Years

Information and guidance

Information and guidance

Early Years National Funding Formula (EYNFF)

In July 2023 the Department for Education (DfE) published the Early years supplementary grant 2023 to 2024: methodology - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

This confirmed that the Local Authority will receive a supplementary grant to provide further funding for the period of 1st September 2023 to 31st March 2024. This is a one off payment to the Local Authority which will allow us to increase our base rate funding to providers from the start of the Autumn term 2023 to the end of the Spring term 2024 only. Information from the DFE regarding the Local Authority DfE allocations funding rate for providers from 1st April 2024 is expected in the first half of the Autumn term

The new provider hourly rates from 1st September to 31st March 2024 are:

  • 2-year-olds 2023/24 - £8.56
  • 3 & 4-year-olds 2023/24 - £5.30

The deprivation rate for 3&4-year-olds only remains the same at £0.08.

Guidance for Providers delivering funding

Buckinghamshire Council's guidance on "Local management of the Funded Entitlement for 2, 3 and 4-year-olds"

Buckinghamshire Council Childminder Funding Guide

Buckinghamshire Council Settings Funding Guide

Buckinghamshire Council Schools Funding Guide

Buckinghamshire Council Section 27 Schools Funding Guide

Early Years Entitlements: Operational Guidance From the Department of Education

FAQs for providers

Schools and Early Years Funding

Schools with a statutory age range starting at 2 or 3 years are funded for their Early Years children through the school budget, based on census data submitted with adjustments at the end of each term.  Children should be entered on SIMS. 

Section 27 (S27) schools are those who are operating an early years provision whilst having not officially lowered their school-age of admission via the statutory process. The early years provision will be run by governors as a separate entity as opposed to being part of the whole school Read more

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