Commenting as the Department for Education publish new early years LA funding rates, including extending current supplementary funding for maintained nursery schools for the 2020/21 academic year, Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders' union NAHT, said:
“It is good to see the government recognising the critical role maintained nursery schools have to play in the delivery of high-quality early years education. Reassurance that current funding levels will remain in place for another year will bring some short-term relief.
“But this is not a long-term solution. Even with the current supplementary funding arrangements in place, we know that many nurseries have been struggling to make ends meet. For those nurseries, today's announcement will provide little comfort.
“Maintained nursery schools are a vital part of the early years landscape, and we are in serious danger of losing them. Single year funding extensions are merely sticking plasters – a long-term funding commitment must be made.”
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