Seven local authorities are to test new arrangements for providing additional support to disadvantaged three- and four-year-olds in early education.
The authorities have been allocated funding from the new £50m Early Years Pupil Premium to provide additional support to disadvantaged children in receipt of free childcare from a local provider ahead of its full implementation in April.
To test the arrangements, the Department for Education has awarded each of the participating councils between £76,000 and £201,000 based on an estimation of the number of eligible children in each local authority area. Each of the authorities will be required to report back to the DfE before the EYPP is introduced across England.
The pilot areas and their funding allocations are: