The Sure Start, Early Years and Childcare Grant funding is not provided for specific programmes for the training of childcare staff but is provided in ring-fenced blocks to allow local authorities to respond to their local priorities.
Funding to improve the quality of practice and the capability of the workforce in early years settings is provided to Local Authorities within the outcomes, quality and inclusion strand of the Sure Start, Early Years and Childcare Grant.
The funding allocated for outcomes quality and inclusion for the CSR period April 2008 to March 2011 is shown in the following table.
Outcomes, quality and inclusion allocation (£) 2008/09 127,155,784 2009/10 147,235,934 2010/11 164,148,541 Total 438,540,259
Outcomes, quality and inclusion allocation (£)
While the outcomes, quality and inclusion categorisation of funding was introduced in April 2008 the Department has records of local authority spend under the broadly analogous category of workforce development from April 2004, as shown in the following table1.
1 Not all audits have been received from the local authorities for 2007/08 and 2006/07. For those programmes with outstanding audits spend figures have been taken from unaudited returns. Where these are unavailable an average spend rate has been applied to their allocation to produce a likely spend. In 2005/06 seven local authorities were in local area agreements, 26 in 2006/07 and 24 in 2007/08. No spend for these authorities is available as they were not required to submit statements of spend to the Department.
Workforce development spend (£) 2007/08 63,700,942 2006/07 54,527,678 2005/06 73,782,315 2004/05 46,480,478
Workforce development spend (£)