Funding for nursery schools

Meeting: 
MQT on 2018-10-19
Session date: 
October 19, 2018
Reference: 
2018/2729
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

London Councils' recent report, 'Hidden Value: A report exploring the role and future of maintained nursery schools in London', revealed that many maintained nursery schools face closure within the next two years unless the Government takes urgent action to preserve their funding. Will you lobby the Government to support this vital education sector, and how are you working with Boroughs to provide high quality nursery education for all London's children?

Answer

Answer for Funding for nursery schools

Answer for Funding for nursery schools

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I continue to take all opportunities to make the case for more funding for the early years sector - including maintained nursery schools - and to highlight the importance of high quality early education and care. Earlier this year I commissioned a report that highlighted the challenges that London's early education providers are facing www.familyandchildcaretrust.org/childcare-and-early-education-funding-london  In April I responded to the Treasury Committee's report on Childcare stating my concern that free early education funding levels, although higher in London, are inadequate to the costs.  London Councils are presenting the findings from their 'Hidden Value' report at the next London Early Years Stakeholder Group which DfE attend and we convene at City Hall.

My Early Years In London report outlines what we are doing to help the early years sector to improve access to high quality early education, especially among disadvantaged groups www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/education-and-youth/support-families-and-early-years/early-years-and-childcare/early-years-london  My Early Years Hubs bring schools, childminders, and nurseries together to promote early years as a career, improve take up of free early education and to improve quality of the early years provision. I have invited proposals to deliver my Early Years Leaders Programme to support practitioners to progress in their careers and to improve outcomes for children.  Early next year I will run my London Early Years Campaign to raise awareness of free early education, its benefits to children and families and to improve the take of this vital offer.