Laura Sharman 28 September 2016

Quality of early years provision at risk due to reforms

Quality of early years provision at risk due to reforms image

The quality of early years provision could be put at risk due to government funding reforms, new research has warned.

A new report from the London School of Economics (LSE) found the new national funding formula for early years education and care - in conjunction with 30 hours of free childcare - could endanger the sustainability of providers.

According to the study, in two-thirds of areas, local authorities paid different hourly base rates to different types of providers. One authority even paid providers at 56 different rates due to various incentives to improve provision.

The study concluded that while some providers will see increases in rates paid due to the reforms, some providers employing more highly qualified staff will lose funding.

Dr Philip Noden said: ‘The proposed changes will have very unpredictable effects, local authorities will doubtless try to reduce the worst of these effects. But they will have less power to ‘smooth over’ those effects due to new restrictions such as the requirement that 90% of funding flows through a single base rate payable to all providers.’

Professor Anne West added: ‘The development of publicly-funded early years education and care over the past 100 years has been patchy with little overall planning.

'Choices made at the local authority level to prioritise – or not – nursery education are crucially important to understanding the current context.’

How accurate is the annual rough sleeping count? image

How accurate is the annual rough sleeping count?

With some councils changing from estimating the number of homeless people on the streets to actually counting them, do recent figures genuinely reflect the success of the government's rough sleeping initiative? Neil Merrick investigates.
Highways jobs

Personal Advisor - Leaving and aftercare

Essex County Council
£26001.0 - £30000.0 per annum
Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a England, Essex, Harlow
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Executive Director for Housing, Neighbourhoods & Communities  

Brighton & Hove City Council
£111,438 - £122,051
We have exciting and big ambitions to make our city a fairer and more inclusive place with new and affordable homes and shared prosperity... Brighton, East Sussex
Recuriter: Brighton & Hove City Council

ASC Social Worker - Ongoing Support Team

Essex County Council
£30300 - £41425 per annum
This role is within the ongoing support team for older adults in the Tendring area. Job Purpose ECC Adult Social Care, through effective practice, is England, Essex, Clacton-On-Sea
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Employment Reward Analyst

Essex County Council
Negotiable
Please note that interviews are due to be held w/c 4th November We are looking for a Reward Analyst to join our team. This is an exciting opportunity England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Environmental Health Officer/Technical Officer

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£31.548 - £39.774
You will ideally hold or be working towards a BSc or Master’s degree in Environmental Health and be... Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

This issue of Local Government News explores how councils can tackle modern slavery and trafficking in their supply chains, finds out more about Cambridge's first cohousing scheme and the launch of a new project to build a shared service pattern library for local government.

This issue also contains a special focus on children's services and how councils are protecting children following local safeguarding children boards being abolished.

Register for your free magazine