At least 20 local authorities in England are not funding childcare providers in line with government coronavirus guidance, according to an investigation by the Early Years Alliance.
The Department for Education (DfE) is providing early years funding to all councils in England based on the number of children who were attending childcare settings last year. This is to protect nurseries who were forced to close during lockdown or have lost significant numbers due to more parents working from home.
The government has pledged to “block-buy” these childcare places until the end of 2020 regardless of how many children are attending childcare.
Under current DfE guidance, councils are expected to take the same approach and fund nurseries, preschools and childminders to “broadly the levels they would have expected