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Early years funding benchmarking tool

The early years funding benchmarking tool and the early years proforma covers all local authorities in England. These funding tools include projected spending in the 2019 to 2020 financial year to provide early entitlement places for 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds.

Local authorities can use these tools to compare their local systems and outcomes against other local authorities. They can use these comparisons to support improvements in fairness and increase value for money.

Early years providers, parents and others can use these tools to:

understand the early education system in their area
understand decisions taken by local authorities
compare these to other local authorities

The technical note and user guide explains the methodology behind the data, and how to use the tools.

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