Russell Hobby, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), said: “The long-term impact of high quality nursery education is hard to overstate. Increasing evidence shows that a child’s academic progress can be greatly enhanced by the learning foundation they receive in their pre-school years.
“Targeted funding to ensure all children have access to a free nursery place would greatly help those families who cannot pay privately for pre-school education. Meanwhile, as well as benefitting a child’s later educational prospects, the childcare offered by funded nursery provision could also help parents overcome one of the barriers preventing them from returning to work. Any injection of funds into securing nursery places is therefore extremely welcome.
“At the same time, the government needs to invest in skills and training for the early years workforce. All the evidence suggests that it is high quality early education, by skilled professionals, that makes the difference.'”
Link to Liberal Democrats press release on nursery school funding
Page Published: 25/09/2012