Helen Waite

Head of Early Years Funding

Department for Education


Helen Waite joined the Department for Education in May 2018 to take on the role of Head of Early Years Funding.  Her role includes responsibility for the funding of the Governments free early years entitlements, and oversight of the early years national funding formula which allocates funding to Local Authorities, which is then passed to providers.   Helen is also responsible for the policy behind the newly launched schools nurseries capital fund, which invites bids from schools via Local Authorities to build or expand school nurseries in disadvantaged areas.  The fund was a commitment set out in the Departments action plan to improve social mobility which was published in December 2017, Unlocking Talent, Fulfilling Potential.

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