Councils divert £63.5m of childcare funding to plug gaps elsewhere

Figures published by the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) reveal that councils are “shortchanging children and leaving providers out of pocket” by moving early years funding to tackle overspending in other areas of education. The early years group received Freedom of Information Act responses regarding education and early years budgets from 130 local education authorities (LEAs) across England. Of these, 95 councils (74 per cent) reported an underspend on childcare for three- and four-year-olds in 2018/19, totalling £63.5m. Read more.