Business and early years' funding

Early years' pupil premium

Early years national funding formula: funding rates and guidance
The early years pupil premium is additional funding for early years settings to improve the education they provide for disadvantaged three and four year-olds.

Forms: Sample parent/carer declaration form

Early education entitlement

Statutory guidance for local authorities on the provision of early education and childcare (GOV.UK)
This statutory guidance includes information on the early education entitlement for two, three and four year olds'.

Early years education funding for two, three and four year olds: payments and headcount information for private, voluntary and independent settings (PVI's)

Portal guidance notes

Funding rates from April 2024 - 25:

Early Years funding formula factor

All nursery providers 2024-25

Base rate

90% of funding

Universal 15 hours £5.27
Additional 15 hours
Deprivation (mandatory) only 3 and 4 year olds

5% of supplement funding £0.29

Quality 5% of supplement funding
Quality QTS £0.29
2 year old (working parents) £8.24
2 year old (disadvantaged) £8.24
Deprivation (2 year old disadvantaged) £0.91
Under 2 year old offer (working parents) £11.92

30 hours childcare entitlement

30 hours childcare programme page

Payment queries

Contact the Early Years Funding team by email at

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Last updated: 17 Jun 2024

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