Thursday 14 May 2020
Speakers: NAHT national secretary Rob Kelsall and Early Education chief executive Beatrice Merrick
Invite message to members: NAHT considers that maintained nursery schools play a vitally important role in our education system. They offer the highest-quality early education and care, and disproportionately support children from deprived backgrounds and those with SEND. They also work as teaching schools, supporting teacher training and helping neighbouring early years provision to improve.
Early Education has led the campaign for long-term viable funding for maintained nursery schools, ensuring strong parliamentary support through the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Nursery Schools, Nursery and Reception Classes, for which it provides the secretariat, and works closely with partners including NAHT.
Just prior to lockdown, the government committed to the long-term future funding of maintained nursery schools, but we were extremely concerned to hear that some local authorities, despite this, launched reviews that could ultimately lead to the closure of these schools.
NAHT has been at the forefront of discussions with the Department for Education and government ministers during the pandemic. We have reiterated to the government that any return must be led by evidence of when it is safe to do so, not convenient dates in the education calendar. Safe for children, safe for parents, safe for staff and safe for the wider community.
First published 14 May 2020