Government scraps early years expansion fund

The early years investment fund, which was due to provide cheap money to enable settings to expand, has been quietly jettisoned, Nursery World has learned.

The £30m pot, of which £10m was due to come from the Department for Education, was due to provide early years settings with low interest loans to expand under the 30 hours programme, and also provide for children with special educational needs and disabilities.
The DfE has confirmed the decision to scrap it was made last autumn. A source told Nursery World that the fund was shelved ‘at the last minute'.