Birmingham’s nursery schools are helping struggling families get enough to eat, secure a decent home and find jobs.
The huge contribution that nursery schools make to the city is revealed as nursery heads launch a campaign for funding to secure their future.
They are urging Chancellor Philip Hammond to ensure that money is available to prevent schools closing when he launches the Government’s long-awaited Spending Review later this year.
The Birmingham-based Centre for Research in Early Childhood has published a report looking at the role nursery schools play, based partly on evidence provided by the 27 council-funded nurseries in the city.
It found children are benefiting from nursery schools “ensuring their basic needs were being met, including food, clothes, housing, safety and refuge from threatening and violent home environments.”
“Nursery schools are the jewel in the crown of our pre-school education system.
“It’s estimated they are currently contributing over £16 million per year through additional non-funded services in Birmingham alone.
“Proper long-term funding for early education and care has a four-fold impact on society – reducing educational underachievement, criminality, family breakdown and social division. The return on investing in proper early education and care is significantly greater than investments in physical infrastructure.”
“It’s time for the Government to secure the future of our Nursery schools.
“In the upcoming Comprehensive Spending Review, we will be calling on the Government to support our nursery schools with secure long term funding, otherwise we risk losing the jewel in the crown of pre-school education.”
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