Cllr Judith Blake, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, responds to concerns by the National Association of Head Teachers and charity Early Education on maintained nursery closure.
“Maintained nursery schools provide high levels of support to disadvantaged children and those with special educational needs.
“Additional legal responsibilities to other provision means they are more expensive to run but supplementary funding for them is not guaranteed beyond next year.
“Councils do not want to close excellent provision and have already worked hard to support maintained nurseries in challenging circumstances. The significant financial pressure that they are under means that urgent clarity from government on future funding is vital if they are to protect these settings in the long-term.”