Early learning and childcare providers - local authority funding and support: overview 2022 to 2023
Sets out information provided by local authorities on the sustainable rates they have set for providers in the private, third and childminding sectors to deliver funded ELC; and their approach, in line with guidance published for setting these sustainable rates.
Summary of local authority data on rates paid to Funded Providers to deliver an hour of funded Early Learning and Childcare (ELC)
- Table A1 sets out the hourly rates paid by local authorities to providers delivering the funded ELC entitlement to 3, 4 and 5 year olds and eligible 2 year olds in 2021-22 and 2022-23.
- To provide consistency – and in line with the guidance (i.e. meeting the costs of delivering an hour of ELC to one child) – the rates presented in Table A1 do not include any top-ups for the delivery of the free meal commitment.
- The "Comments" column includes additional information provided by local authorities, including variations to the rate which might apply to some providers, temporary top-ups in the rates, and specific rates offered to childminders. Top-ups to the sustainable rate to cover meals and snacks are not included in the comments section, as provision for meals is covered separately at Annex B.
- Due to the variation in approaches to funding children with additional support needs, variations to the rate for this purpose are not included here, but are included within comments at Annex D where the information has been provided.
- Where, at time of reporting, local authorities were in the process of reviewing rates this is also highlighted in the comments section; the rate quoted will be the rate currently being paid.
Where local authorities have increased their rate since the last report, we have included the month during which the new rate took effect. This may be a date prior to the date when the new rate was agreed upon and confirmed by a local authority (if the local authority chose to backdate any increase). The exact date in the month from which the increased rate applied is not included as it was not provided by a significant number of local authorities. This field will read "N/A" (not applicable) where there has been no change since the last report.
- "2 year olds" and "3-5 year olds" is sometimes abbreviated to "2yo" and "3-5yo" respectively.
|Council||Year||Rate paid to funded providers for one hour of ELC||Month during which increase is applied from||Comments|
|2 year olds||3 - 5 year olds|
|Aberdeen City||2021-22||£6.05||£5.45||August 2022||Rates for childminders: £5.75 (2yo), £5.45 (3-5yo)|
|Aberdeenshire||2021-22||£6.34||£5.59||April 2022||Currently reviews rates around April each year|
Currently reviews rates around April each year
Rates for nurseries operating from Council premises: £6.96 (2yo), £5.39 (3-5yo) R
ates for childminders: £6.03 (2yo), £5.53 (3-5yo)
|Argyle & Bute||2021-22||£6.54||£5.78||August 2022||
Pay a higher rate of £7.18 (2yo) / £6.35 (3-5yo) upon funded provider paying their staff the increased real living wage of £10.90 per hour.
Childminders receiving this increased rate from November
|Clackmannanshire||2021-22||£5.42||£5.42||August 2022||Rate for childminders: £5.42|
|Dumfries and Galloway||2021-22||£6.20||£5.26||September 2022||Paid an interim rate of £5.53 for 3-5yo from January 2022 to September 2022|
|Dundee City||2021-22||£5.60||£5.31||August 2022|
|East Ayrshire||2021-22||£5.50||£5.50||N/A||Rate for childminders: £4.76 (from August 2022)|
|East Dunbartonshire||2021-22||£6.40||£5.31||August 2022|
|East Lothian||2021-22||£5.31||£5.31||August 2022|
|East Renfrewshire||2021-22||£8.50||£5.31||August 2022||Providers with eligible 2yo receiving the 21-22 rate will continue to be paid at this rate for that child until they turn 3|
|Falkirk||2021-22||£5.55||£5.55||August 2022||Rate for childminders: £5.20|
|Glasgow City||2021-22||£6.40||£5.40||August 2022|
|Highland||2021-22||£6.13||£5.43||August 2022||The increase in rates for 22-23 is due to a temporary uplift which will be paid until April 2023; rates beyond April 2023 are subject to review.|
|Midlothian||2021-22||£6.50||£5.31||August 2022||The 2022-23 rate is a temporary rate until the end of the financial year.|
|Moray||2021-22||£7.57||£6.30||N/A||*Awaiting full council decision on 2 February 2023 about a potential 5% uplift. Existing rate reported.|
|North Ayrshire||2021-22||£5.31||£5.31||N/A||*The sustainable rates payable are currently still under review for 2022-23. Existing rate reported.|
|North Lanarkshire||2021-22||£5.80||£5.55||August 2022|
Orkney does not use private nurseries for funded provision - only childminders. For consistency with other authorities, these rates are stated below, not in the main table.
Rate for childminders: £6 (2yo), £5 (3-5yo)
|Perth and Kinross||2021-22||£5.50||£5.31||August 2022|
|Scottish Borders||2021-22||£5.65||£5.31||August 2021||The rate for 22/23 is being backdated to August 2021|
|Shetland Islands||2021-22||£7.13||£5.48||August 2022||
The quoted rates are for providers who are not in receipt of the local authority's Building Support Package.
Rates for nurseries eligible for Building Support Package: £7.30 (2yo), £5.62 (3-5yo)
|South Ayrshire||2021-22||£5.31||£5.31||August 2022|
|South Lanarkshire||2021-22||£5.90||£5.31||August 2022|
|Stirling||2021-22||N/A||£5.55||August 2022 (2yo) April 2022(3-5yo)||All eligible 2 year olds were with childminders in 2021-22. Rate for childminders: £5.20 (including lunch)|
|West Dunbartonshire||2021-22||£5.31||£5.31||April 2022 (2 yo) August 2022 (3-5 yo)|
|West Lothian||2021-22||£6.40||£6.40||N/A||Rate for childminders: £5.90|
|Western Isles||2021-22||£5.31||£5.31||August 2022|
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