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Methodology for calculating PTE places

The total number of eligible 2, 3 and 4-year-old children from the early years census to be used in the calculation of the 2023 to 2024 dedicated schools grant (DSG) allocations is calculated as follows: a + b + c.

It is applicable to both the universal and the extended entitlement.

Part-time equivalent (PTE) children aged 2 at 31 December 2022 (born between 2020-01-01 and 2020-12-31) who meet one of the national eligibility criteria.

Part-time equivalent (PTE) children aged 3 at 31 December 2022 (born between 2019-01-01 and 2019-12-31).

Part-time equivalent (PTE) children aged 4 as at 31 December 2022 (born between 2018-01-01 and 2018-12-31).

In calculating the part-time equivalent number of children, a child attending 15 hours a week is calculated to be the equivalent of a part-time child.

Children attending fewer than 15 hours are counted pro-rata to the number of hours attended. For example, a child attending 12 hours a week will be counted as 12/15 = 0.8 of a PTE child.

The maximum funding available via the DSG for 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds is 15 hours, so all such children will be counted as a maximum of 1.0 PTE.

PTE places = funded Hours / 15 where funded hours is no greater than 15.

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