Early years entitlements expansion: system guidance

Technical information for local authorities and software suppliers preparing for the September 2024 early education and childcare entitlements expansion.

Applies to England



This is technical information to support the development of digital systems for the expansion of early years entitlements from September 2024.

It is for:

  • suppliers of software for local authority management information systems (MIS), specifically those that provide early years entitlement systems
  • users of local authority MIS software

The early education and childcare statutory guidance sets out the duties on schools and local authorities.

The early years entitlements local authority funding operational guide 2024 to 2025 sets out the guidance that local authorities should follow when funding childcare providers to deliver the early years entitlements.

Published 2 April 2024