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Funding for the Early Years and Childcare Entitlement

Providing children with good-quality education and care in their earliest years can help them succeed at school and later in life. This contributes to creating a society where opportunities are equal regardless of background.

Affordable and easily accessible childcare is also crucial for working families – it can help create more opportunities for parents who wish, or need to work and raise children at the same time.

The Department for Education has developed a range of funding streams which enable children to access high quality childcare provisions.