Cuts to maintained nurseries will jeopardise SEND support
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.
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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