MP praises nursery school cash boost

Childcare minister Sam Gyimah visits Little Ducklings Nursery at Kincraig Primary School.  He is pictured with Ryley Barker.

Childcare minister Sam Gyimah visits Little Ducklings Nursery at Kincraig Primary School. He is pictured with Ryley Barker.

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The Government’s childcare minister visited a Blackpool nursery to see how a share of £1m is being invested in the resort.

Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah visited Little Ducklings Nursery at Kincraig Primary School in Bispham to see how new Government money is helping the most disadvantaged young children.

Blackpool is one of seven areas to be given a share of more than £1m as part of the Early Years Pupil Premium money.

The cash will help disadvantaged three and four-year-olds to access high quality early education.

The Early Years Pupil Premium will be rolled out across England in April, and will mean up to £300 per year of support for each eligible child.

Childcare minister Sam Gyimah said: “The Early Years are so important in determining outcomes for children, which is why I was delighted to see this funding being put to such good use in Blackpool.

“High quality early education should be accessible to all young children, which is why the Early Years Pupil Premium gives money to providers so they can ensure eligible children get the very best start in life.

“I would encourage any parent who meets the criteria to let a local provider know, so that their child can get the right support at the right time.”

The Minister also announced additional Government funding will be given to councils to help them prepare for the introduction of the Early Years Pupil Premium.

The Department for Education is giving local authorities more than £1.5million to help them get ready – and they can choose how best to use the money, whether it be IT or childcare investment.