A £220,000 boost for under-privileged children in Stockport – Mark Hunter

October 28, 2014 12:01 PM

Nurseries, childminders and other early years providers in Stockport are set for a £220,000 cash injection to help three and four-year-olds from disadvantaged families. Mark Hunter MP celebrates with the staff and children at Fledgling Pre-school and Day Nursery in Bramhall

Children from low income families have often fallen behind more well off classmates before they even start school.​ But from April 2015, the Early Years Pupil Premium - which has been backed by groups like Barnados, 4Children and the Child Poverty Action Group - ​will mean extra money to make sure every child gets a fair start.

Nurseries and schools will be free to choose how to spend the money, which is part of a £50m Government pot.

It comes on top of Lib Dem-led changes in Government to help families, which include shared parental leave, tax free childcare, Free School Meals, and a pupil premium for school age children.

Local MP, Mark Hunter said:

'By investing over £200,000 in our area to help the most disadvantaged three and four-year-olds, Liberal Democrats are ensuring that children are getting the best possible start in life.

'All the evidence shows that helping children as early as possible is key to making sure they do not fall behind. That is why this announcement is fantastic news for children.

'Every child deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential, whatever their background.'

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