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The Foundation Years benchmarking tool contains statistical information on the key indicators of early education services. It covers all local authorities in England and can be used to compare an individual local authority to other authorities throughout the country.
Local authorities can use the tool to compare their local systems and outcomes against those of other authorities. They can use these comparisons to support improvements in fairness and increase value for money.
Early years providers, parents and others can use the tool to better understand the early education system in their area and decisions taken by local authorities, and to compare these to other local authorities.
Before using the tool, it may be beneficial to read the benchmarking user guide, which explains how to use the tool and what the data means. A full explanation of the methodology behind the data used can be found in the accompanying technical note.
On 27 November 2012 the following data strands were updated: funding, quality, and child development. New data on the free entitlement for two-year-olds and quality data on Sure Start Children’s Centres has also been included.
In the main spreadsheet you can view headline data for each of the authorities. The information is split into five main areas, which can be viewed in greater detail:
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Spreadsheet containing data for all local authorities on the free entitlement to early education.
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Worksheet allowing you to view data from the 2012-13 Section 251 return for your local authority along with your statistical neighbours, or with your own choice of other local authorities.
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Worksheet allowing you to view data for your local authority along with your statistical neighbours, or with your own choice of other local authorities.
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Spreadsheet containing data for all local authorities on child development taken from the outcomes of the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile.
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Spreadsheet containing data for all local authorities on take up of the free entitlement to early education.
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Information about the early years foundation stage (EYFS) profile, which describes a child's level of attainment at the end of the EYFS, and identifies their learning needs for the next stage of school.
Information about what the Foundation Years funding spreadsheet shows, when the department will make the information available and where the data comes from.
Information about what the Foundation Years for funding two-year-olds spreadsheet shows, when the department will make the information available and where the data comes from.
Information about the details shown in the Foundation Years take-up spreadsheet and the way the information is displayed.
One of the biggest influences on a child's progress through early education is the quality of the education they receive. The quality spreadsheet shows the percentage of providers in a local authority rated good or outstanding at their last Ofsted inspection.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop. The EYFS profile provides information for parents and Year 1 teachers about how children are developing.
Find an Ofsted inspection report.
A tool enabling people to compare regional and local performance of schools, further education and childcare providers.