Decision details

Final Proposals for the 2024-25 Early Years Block Element of the Schools Budget

Decision Maker: Executive Member for Children, Young People and Learning

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The purpose of this report is to seek agreement to setting the 2024-25 Early Years Block element of the Schools Budget and other associated financial matters.


That the Executive Member agrees the recommendations proposed for the 2024-25 budget by the Schools Forum in respect of the Early Years Block budget as set out in paragraph 2.3 of Appendix A.


Reasons for the decision:

To ensure that relevant elements of the 2024-25 Schools Budget are set in accordance with the views of schools, other providers of education, the Schools Forum, the funding framework and the available level of resources.



Alternative options considered:

None. The proposals reflect current operational guidance and the overall affordability within the financial settlement allocated by the Government.


Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:


Reason Key: Expenditure >£400,000 & Affects more than 1 ward.;

Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Financial Impact: Within anticipated resources

Declarations: None

Subject to Urgent Proceedings: Agreed under General Exception due to Government timescales

Making Representations: In writing to the Executive Director of People / Executive Director Resources

Other reasons / organisations consulted

Consultation documents, written reports


People Directorate Management Team and the Schools Forum

Contact: Paul Clark, Finance Business Partner Email: Tel: 01344 354054, Grainne Siggins, Executive Director People Email:

Publication date: 19/02/2024

Date of decision: 19/02/2024

Effective from: 28/02/2024

Accompanying Documents: