Last reviewed 28 October 2021
During his Autumn budget speech, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced £170 million of extra funding to increase the hourly rate to be paid to providers to deliver the Government’s early years childcare offers.
He also reaffirmed £150 million for the training of early years staff to support children’s learning and development, as part of the £1.4 billion announced in June 2021 to help children catch up on lost learning.
Other announcements in the budget include a £500 million investment package over the next three years to transform “Start for Life” and family help services in half of the council areas across England.
The package will invest in a network of family hubs which will be spread across 75 areas, providing a "one-stop shop" for support and advice for families. It will also fund Start for Life services, perinatal mental health support, breastfeeding services and parenting programmes.
In addition, it will expand the Supporting Families programme, providing up to 300,000 families with high quality, multidisciplinary support.
The Government say the funding package will address the recommendations from MP Andrea Leadsom's Early Years Healthy Development Review, which highlights the first 1001 days of a child’s life as crucial for children’s health and wellbeing and called for families to have access to services.
The budget also included the following announcements on new funding for schools.
A package of £1.8bn over three years to support education recovery in schools and colleges.
£2.6bn for 30,000 new school places for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in England.
£4.7bn by 2024-2025 for core schools funding in England.
The Chancellor Rishi Sunak said:
“I passionately believe that we have a duty to give young families and their children the best possible start in life.”
“We know that the first thousand and one days of a child’s life are some of the most important in their development – which is why I’m thrilled that this investment will guarantee that thousands of families across England are given support to lead healthy and happy lives.”
The full details of the Autumn budget can be found here.