Government must act to safeguard quality teaching in the early years – Tracy Brabin
Tracy Brabin MP, Shadow Early Years Minister, commenting on cross-party calls for maintained nurseries funding to be secured, said:
“Maintained nurseries do extraordinary work closing the gap between the most disadvantaged children and their peers, often in areas of deprivation and with particular expertise in supporting children with special educational needs or disabilities.
“Only this week, I have heard from nursery heads who have been told their schools will have to bake cakes or take in laundry to make ends meet. This is deeply shortsighted. To close the disadvantage gap you need quality teaching in the early years and the Government needs to act to safeguard it.
“A Labour government would invest in early years education and support maintained nurseries to ensure no child is left behind.”