This week the Government announced £100m funding for childcare providers in England to offer free early years education to disadvantaged two-year-olds. However it has emerged that, at the same time, local authorities have had their Early Intervention Grants (EIG) cut.
Liberal Democrat leader, Nick Clegg, announced that the £100m funding comes from the Department for Education’s capital budget.
It has also now emerged that the government plans to hold back £150m from the Early Intervention Grant in 2013/14 and 2014/15 and retain it ‘centrally for future use in funding early intervention and children’s services’.
With childcare providers back under the spotlight, how do you feel about the funding and how it affects your provision?