Children in Stockport are set to benefit from an extra £224,232 through the Government’s Early Years Pupil Premium programme. Andrew Stunell MP & Lisa Smart, Prospective MP for Hazel Grove, welcomed this as ‘great
news’ for Stockport.
From April 2015, the Early Years Pupil Premium will mean that nurseries, childminders and other early years providers in Stockport will benefit from a £224,232 cash injection to help three and four-year-olds from disadvantaged families.
Commenting, Lisa Smart, Prospective MP for Hazel Grove said –
“It’s well known that children from low income families have often fallen behind more well off classmates before they even start school. This is completely unacceptable and unfair. The Lib Dem-led Early Years Pupil Premium aims to right this wrong by ensuring that all children in Stockport get the best possible start in life. This cash boost is fantastic news for our children.”
Sir Andrew Stunell MP said –
“The Pupil Premium is straight out of the Liberal Democrat manifesto, and I’m delighted to see it being extended to help pre-school children, as well as young people throughout their school career. It is very welcome news for providers and for parents, too.”
Nurseries and schools will be free to choose how to spend the money, which is part of a £50m Government pot.
It comes on top of Lib Dem-led changes in Government to help families, which include shared parental leave, tax free childcare, Free School Meals, and a pupil premium for school age children.
Liberal Democrat Schools Minister, David Laws 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 Stockport. Now this cash boost will mean extra support for those children who need it most.”