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Nursery classes being put at risk of ‘mass closures’

‘Alarming’ effect of funding formulas threatens ‘high quality’ provision for children under 5

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The key role played in education by the schooling of under-5s has received growing recognition in recent years.

When early years funding was overhauled in April, maintained nursery schools were protected, because of the “important contribution these schools make to the social mobility of young children in disadvantaged areas”.

But despite such positive words from the government, the wider school funding squeeze is putting a significant section of early years education at risk. Some are even warning of “mass closures”.

Nursery schools may be safe, at least for the next two years of additional ...

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