Decision details

Determination of Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE) rates to be paid to childcare providers 2023-24

Reference: D56094

Decision Maker: Director of Children and Families

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Determination of the formula to be used to allocate the Early Years block of the Dedicated Schools Grant, including the hourly funding rates to be paid to all Funded Early Education Entitlement (FEEE) childcare provider.


In the absence of the Director of Children & Families, the Chief Officer, Resources and Strategy approved the decision that the entire £5.87 per child per hour paid to the local authority in the DSG Early Years grant for 2-year-olds is paid in full to providers (increase of £0.30 per hour per child on 2022/23). 


The Chief Officer, Resources and Strategy also approved the breakdown of the Funded Early Education Entitlement for 3 and 4-year-olds as follows: 


·  £0.20 centrally retained (increase of 2p from 2022/23) 

·  £0.19 deprivation supplement (no change from 2022/23)   

·  £0.05 SENDIF (no change from 2022/23)

·  +£0.08 to minimise potential for overall grant surplus at year end 

·  £4.92 base rate paid to all providers (up £0.14 from 2022/23) 


Reason Key: Financial Impact>£500K;

Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Portfolio Holder: Executive Member for Adult and Children's Social Care and Health Partnerships


All Early Years childcare providers offering the funded entitlement (Childminders, Little Owls, School nurseries, Private Day Nurseries, Pre-schools, Voluntary sector nurseries and childcare settings) and Schools Forum.

Contact: Chris Sutton, Lead Officer Admissions and FIS 0113 3783579 Email:

Publication date: 24/02/2023

Date of decision: 06/03/2023

Effective from: 14/03/2023

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