From April, early years providers delivering free hours to disadvantaged three- and four-year-olds will be able to share £50m in EYPP funding. The DfE expect councils to use the money on work such as telling local providers about the premium and upgrading IT systems.
This follows the announcement earlier this year of a trial of the EYPP in seven council areas: Blackpool, Bristol, Cambridgeshire, North Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Hackney and Stoke-on-Trent.
Pre-school Learning Alliance chief executive Neil Leitch said that he hoped councils would use the money to help providers identify eligible parents.
He said: “Many providers involved in the pilots have fed back that the process of identifying eligible parents can be lengthy and complex, and so we would urge local authorities to consider using at least some of this additional funding to support providers in tackling this problem, as this will be vital to the long-term success of the scheme.”