Cuts to maintained nurseries will jeopardise SEND support

Written by: Karen Faux
26 October 2018

Thousands of children with special educational needs and disabilities face significantly reduced support unless the government continues to provide funding for maintained nursery schools.

The outstanding Robert Owen Nursery School in Greenwich prioritises on an inclusive environment.
The outstanding Robert Owen Nursery School in Greenwich prioritises on an inclusive environment.

A survey carried out by the London Government Association (LGA) suggests that many maintained nursery schools will have to close if they lose their existing supplementary funding.

Latest government statistics show that more than 5,000 children with SEND currently attend England’s 397 maintained nursery schools.

The Government has provided £55 million each year in additional funding for maintained nursery schools since the new funding formula was introduced in 2017. The extra cash has been in recognition of the steep costs faced by this provision, such as employing highly qualified staff who can provide quality care and education for children with special needs.

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