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Decision-making about Early Years Entitlement funding

The new funding arrangements were to accommodate the second of these developments which was parents' entitlement of the new extended flexible offer of 15 hours of early years nursery education over a minimum of 38 weeks per year; a total maximum entitlement of 570 hours each year.

Decision-making about Early Years funding

Wiltshire Council brings together a representative group known as the Early Years reference group  whose role is to advise the council on the development and implementation of policies relating to the provision of nursery education and childcare.

Single funding formula

The development of a single formula for paying early years funding entitlement to providers must:

  • support effective and efficient distribution of resources at a local level
  • facilitate greater flexibility of provision so that parents have greater choice in how they use their early years funding entitlement
  • preserve diversity and choice in the market;
  • incentivise improvements in the quality of provision.

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