Non-maintained nurseries included in latest Welsh Government funding announcement

The Welsh Government has announced an extra £13m of additional support during the pandemic for early years learners in schools and non-maintained settings. Welsh Government logo

The funding will be used to ensure children continue their learning progress following disruption due to the pandemic, with a focus on the wellbeing of children and staff.

This is part of a larger £19m investment with £6m allocated to schools to support teaching staff, promote wellbeing and progression and expand on the positive changes already made to ways of working.

Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of NDNA Cymru, said: “It’s extremely positive to see that non-maintained sector providers will be included in the £13m funding for early years from the Welsh Government. 

“This is a vital time for children and their education as the early years of a child’s life are crucial to their long-term life chances. As we look to recover from the impact of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic it’s clear that a focus on early childhood education and care is vital.

“Childcare and early years settings have worked throughout the pandemic to support children and families. Nurseries are operating full-time offering the care and early education to children that is critical for allowing families to return to work. This will be essential for any economic recovery.

“Staff in early years settings are vital for children’s experiences and outcomes so supporting them is equally as important.
“We need a strong and vibrant early years and childcare sector to support children’s development and ensure families are able to work or retrain.”

Jeremy Miles, the Minister for Education and Welsh Language, said: “The last year has brought into sharp focus just how important our schools, settings, colleges and universities are for our children and young people. Education practitioners have risen heroically to meet the challenge, while learners have been brilliant in adapting to learning in different ways.

"Having opportunities for meaningful, quality interactions is essential for our early years learners. Today I’m announcing a further £13million for early years settings to provide extra support for the unique needs of our younger children.

"We must recover and reform. I am determined that the emphasis on well-being and flexibility shown over the last year is built upon and closely aligned with the introduction of our new curriculum. Our education system has shown remarkable resilience and flexibility and we must learn from that.”

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