Mums and dads hail a £53k lift

NURSERIES, childminders and other early years providers in Surrey are set for a £535,845 cash injection to help three and four-year-olds from disadvantaged families.

Children from low income families have often fallen behind more well-off classmates before they even start school.

FAMILY AFFAIRS – welcoming the announcement were Chris and Josie Took with Chloe

FAMILY AFFAIRS – welcoming the announcement were Chris and Josie Took with Chloe

However, from April 2015 the Early Years Pupil Premium will mean extra money to make sure every child gets a fair start.

The Early Years Pupil Premium has been backed by groups like Barnardos, 4Children, and the Child Poverty Action Group.

Woking Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson, Chris Took, said: “By investing over £500,000 in Surrey to help the most disadvantaged three and four-year-olds, Liberal Democrats are ensuring that children are getting the best possible start in life.

“All the evidence shows that helping children as early as possible is key to making sure they do not fall behind. That is why this recent announcement is fantastic news for children.

“This is all part of creating a fairer society and opportunity for everyone.”

Nurseries and schools will be free to choose how to spent the money, which is part of a £50 million Government fund. It comes on top of Lib Dem campaigns to help families, which include shared parental leave, tax free childcare, Free School Meals and the Pupil Premium for school age children.

Mr Took added: “Every child deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential, whatever their background. Liberal Democrats in government have already extended free early years education for all children in Surrey. Now this cash boost will mean extra support for those children who need it most.”


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