Save our Maintained Nursery Schools
Almost 400 maintained nursery schools are at risk after extra government funding runs out at the end of next year 2019/2020.
Maintained nurseries are high-quality schools for under-fives that often specialise in caring for children with disabilities and those from disadvantaged backgrounds. According to the 2016-17 Ofsted report, 63% were rated outstanding and 100% achieved at least a good grade, the second-highest mark for schools, while 64% are located in the country’s most deprived areas.
A cross-party group of MPs has launched a campaign to fight cuts in funding for state-maintained nursery schools, warning that they will worsen inequality in children’s education.
More than 70 MPs, including 12 Conservatives, have signed a letter to education and Treasury ministers urging them to secure the future of 400 maintained nurseries by continuing the current financial support beyond 2020. Among the signatories is Robert Halfon, the Tory chair of the education select committee.
Halfon told the Observer: “Maintained nurseries are some of the best examples of the state. Most have been rated outstanding by Ofsted. Why would you consider cutting funding for these schools?”
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Derbyshire's Maintained Nursery Schools
In Derbyshire there are 8 maintained nursery schools and we are all working together to ensure that the importance of our schools is recognised and that our funding is amended to be in line with other maintained schools.
We are under threat of losing our lump sum after 2019 and this will be devastating to our school as we will not be sustainable to remain open
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