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Education Secretary: £1.3 bn extra for schools
Justine Greening, Education Secretary, announced schools in England will receive an additional £1.3 billion over the next two years.
She made the announcement in response to growing concerns over funding shortages.
But NDNA argues that early years should share in this money to help pay for the 30 hours funded childcare pledge.
Purnima Tanuku, Chief Executive of NDNA, said: “While Justine Greening’s announcement of an additional £1.3 billion for schools is great news, education starts much younger.
“Nurseries who give children high-quality early years education are laying down the foundations for good life-long education. Every pound invested in early years pays dividends during formal schooling and beyond and this is where investment should be made.
“NDNA which is the voice of the childcare sector has been urging the Department for Education to invest more money in its flagship policy giving 30 hours of funded childcare to parents of three and four-year-olds to ensure sufficient places. We have been repeatedly told that there is no more money.
“Ms Greening must prioritise some of this £1.3 billion to be invested in early years in order to bridge the funding gap and to match the real cost of delivery.”