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Early years reference group

Key to successful delivery of the early years entitlement is for local authorities to achieve a balance in their priorities; securing sufficiency, quality and accessibility in early years provision. Critical to achieving this is a strong partnership between local authorities and providers in all sectors; private, voluntary, independent, primary schools and childminders, to enable them to assess and meet demand according to local circumstances and market.

Wiltshire has set up a representative group, known as the Early Years Reference Group (EYRG), which considers all early years funding issues in response to the Government's plans to reform early years education. The group operates under the terms of reference which you can find in our download section.

The group developed a funding formula which introduced a basic hourly rate for each type of provider with additional supplements for deprivation and rurality. Since it's introduction the group has further developed the funding formula which now uses a basic hourly rate for all providers along with the additional supplements. This is known as the Single Funding Formula.

Early years reference group representatives

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