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Nurseries: Local Government Finance

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local authorities in (a) the East Midlands and (b) England have notified to his Department the single funding formula they propose to use to deliver the provision of free places at private, voluntary and independent nurseries from 2010; and what mechanisms are in place to monitor the progress of local authorities in developing the funding formula. (205639)

I would not yet expect any local authorities to have published details of their funding formula.

We made clear in guidance that local authorities should present the findings of the cost analysis to their Schools Forum and publish the findings on the local authority website. The guidance can be found at

www.everychildmatters.gov.uk/earlyyears/fundingreform

We are running a pilot project to work with six local authorities as they develop their single funding formula, and sharing the learning with other local authorities in the form of guidance and update reports. We have already produced the first of our progress reports, with the next update due to follow at the end of this month. We hope to produce a guidance document at the end of the summer.