Nursery funding row: Ministers told to reveal calculations

Ministers have been told to publish details of how they calculated funding for free and subsidised nursery places. The Information Commissioner ruled in favour of early years providers after a long-running dispute with England’s Department for Education over grants. The BBC reports.

The Early Years Alliance and other groups claim the funding for so-called free places is too low, causes nursery closures and limits availability.

Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Early Years Alliance, welcomed the ruling requiring the DfE to provide evidence for their claim that funding rates are adequate.

He said: “Week after week, we are seeing more and more nurseries, childminders and pre-schools across the country being forced to shut their doors as they simply cannot cope with the ongoing lack of adequate funding, while many of those who remain open can only do so by charging parents extra to make up the funding shortfall.”

The Information Commissioner ruled the information should be published by 14 November.

Read the full article Nursery funding row: Ministers told to reveal calculations 

Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin


Are you a trainee teacher, NQT, teacher, headteacher, parent or  just someone who cares about education and has something to get off  your chest in a Schools Improvement Guest Post? Follow this link for more details at the bottom of the page.

Don’t forget you can sign up to receive our daily email bulletin (around 7am) with all the latest schools news stories. Your details will never be given to anyone else and you can unsubscribe at any stage. Just follow this link.

We now have a Facebook page - please click to like!


Cut exclusions and fight knife crime by making schools accountable for expelled pupils' grades, MPs say
UWE students complain their 'pod' accommodation is 'not fit for humans'
Categories: Budgets, DfE, Funding, Infant, Learning, Parenting and Pre-school.

Let us know what you think...