Funding is provided to local authorities to improve the quality of practice and the capability of the workforce in early years settings within the Outcomes, Quality and Inclusion strand of the Sure Start, Early Years and Childcare Grant. This funding may be used to support the continuous professional development of staff, helping more of them to build up to Level 3.
For the CSR period April 2008 to March 2011 this funding for outcomes, quality and inclusion totalled £438 million. This funding is not exclusively for staff training but, as its name suggests, is to raise quality in general. As funding in main revenue is not ring-fenced, the authority is free to decide how much to spend on each area supported by the grant, in line with local priorities.