My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education announced this week £6.5 million funding for voluntary and community sector organisations who work with families of young children to support early language development, helping to address and support concerns when they can have the most impact; and to improve the early years education of children with special educational needs and disabilities.
The government set out, prior to Budget 2018, plans to spend £3.5 billion this year on our free early education entitlements. We provide 15 hours of free early education for disadvantaged two year-olds, with almost 750,000 benefitting since 2013, and we provide the Early Years Pupil Premium, which delivers up to £300 per eligible child per year to support better outcomes for disadvantaged three and four year olds. This is on top of the near universal take up of the free 15 hours entitlement for all three and four year-olds.
Funding for the entitlements is also supported by a £100 million investment through our social mobility action plan ‘Unlocking Talent, Fulfilling Potential’, published in December 2017.