The Mail is reporting that an academy school is now accepting pupils from birth after launching a ‘cradle to university’ scheme to help youngsters get ahead…
The Northumberland Church of England Academy (NCEA) in Ashington, Northumberland, is only the second school in the country to offer childcare for newborn babies.
It was a government initiative first adopted by St Bede Academy in Bolton, Greater Manchester, to help tackle issues in early years, including speech and language acquisition.
The scheme, known as childminder agencies (CMA) and set up by the Department for Education in September last year, also helps self-employed childminders find work.
Childminders will volunteer with the school and in return receiving training and business advice, while parents are offered affordable childminding in a home environment.
Headteacher at NCEA, Andrew Day, said: ‘We want to be able to do the best for every single child and believe that having children from cradle to university is the best way to do this.
‘Up to 50 per cent of our children starting school have speech and language acquisition issues and we hope that this will help address such issues.
‘Evidence suggests that educational outcome is set from the age of two for the vast majority of children.
‘We are working in partnership with our parents, we want to change the outcomes for our children.’
Mr Day, who oversees a school of more than 2,400 students, added: ‘Often our parents come as single parents, with jobs and are busy. We need to take the pressure and burden off them…
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