Two fifths of providers receive less funding than in 2013/2014

More than two in every five (44%) nurseries, pre-schools and childminders in England are receiving less funding, in real-terms, than they were five years ago. Our analysis of official Department for Education figures shows that after adjusting average funding rates for inflation, 60 local councils in England paid childcare providers less per hour for funded three- and four-year-old places in 2017/18 than in 2013/14. 

The local authorities with the highest funding decreases were the Isles of Scilly, which paid childcare providers 17% less in real terms in 2017/18 compared to 2013/14; North Lincolnshire (15% less); and Sunderland (14% less).