Responding to the DfE funding review call for evidence – a Pre-school Learning Alliance guide for practitioners

The government is currently undertaking a review of the costs of providing childcare and early education in England. As part of this review, the Department for Education has launched a call for evidence aimed at early years providers, asking for information on the cost of providing childcare.The call for evidence, which closes at 5pm on Monday 10 August, can be accessed here.

The Alliance has produced two alternative guides to support early years practitioners in responding to the call for evidence.

1) Calculating the hourly cost of delivery

The first – ‘Guide to calculating the cost of delivering childcare’ – provides information on how to calculate the hourly cost of delivering childcare. If you are able to do so, and then compare this figure to the hourly rate of funding you receive from your local authority, this would be very useful information to provide. It is important that if you are doing so, you are confident that you will have included all your costs, otherwise you might underestimate your hourly delivery costs.

2) Identifying the various costs of childcare delivery

The second – ‘Guide to identifying delivery costs’ – is a simplified version of the first guidance which supports you in identifying your childcare delivery costs, without calculating the exact hourly cost of delivery. This may be preferable if you do not feel confident that you will be able to identify all your costs, or if you are pressed for time.

NB: Both guides are intended to support all providers. However, there may be some sections which only apply to some types of provision (for example, day nurseries), and not others (such as childminders). You only need to fill out the sections applicable to your provision. Please include any costs not highlighted in the main sections of the guide in ‘Other additional costs’ at the end of the guide.

If you have any questions, please email feedback@pre-school.org.uk.

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