James has fought for nursery funding
James has fought for nursery funding

The Government has caved to pressure from James Frith and a cross-party group of MPs and provided an additional year of supplementary funding for maintained nursery schools for 2020/21 including Hoyle Nursery in Bury.

James and other MPs have been pushing Ministers to put in place sustainable, long-term funding for all nurseries, but particularly local authority maintained nurseries which face increased costs and get supplementary funding as a result.

Nurseries were at risk of losing the funding this year until James and other MPs intervened and secured funding for 2019/20. This new announcement of funding for 2020/21 provides another year of respite but doesn’t address the long-term issue.

James said:

I am really pleased that the government has listened to the cross-party campaign of parents, head teachers, governors, staff, unions and MPs and extended supplementary funding for the next academic year so that nursery schools can have some certainty.

“This reprieve is welcome news, but with a fifth of maintained nursery schools in deficit it’s time for government to come forward with concrete proposals to ensure that nursery schools have sustainable future funding for the long terms which recognises the centres of early years excellence and engines of social justice that they are.

“We still need a long-term solution but this announcement is a real help.”

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