Early years funding: changes to funding for 3 and 4 year olds

Closed 22 Sep 2016

Opened 11 Aug 2016


We seek views on changes to how we fund free childcare and early education for 3 and 4 year olds including a new national funding formula. 

Why your views matter

We’re consulting on proposals to change the way we fund free childcare and early years education. The proposals include:

  • introducing a new early years national funding formula for 3 and 4 year olds;
  • changing the way local authorities fund the early years providers in their area; and
  • making sure that children with special educational needs or disabilities attract the extra funding they need.


  • Teachers
  • Headteachers
  • Early learning and childcare providers
  • Local authorities
  • Volunteers


  • Early learning and childcare
  • Disabled children
  • Teaching and learning (SEND)