Naz Shah Challenges the Government to increase support for Nursery Schools
‘Following up from her meetings with the local Head Teachers and Governors of maintained nursery schools in Bradford, Naz Shah MP today raised in parliament the concerns and challenges they face due to government funding changes’
There are four maintained nursery schools in Bradford West and seven in total in Bradford, all are considered good or outstanding by Ofsted and offer unique and exceptional early intervention for those most in need
Nursery schools are the one aspect of the education system where the gap in attainment between the poorest children and the rest is significantly narrowed.
The reason for this is that nursery schools are staffed by qualified teachers and led by qualified head teachers. The quality of their provision is considered the gold standard in early-years education
They are schools. Although not afforded all of the same protections by the Government. They represent the very best provision in terms of teaching quality and outcomes, and play a vital role in social mobility.
Naz Shah Said
‘Maintained nursery schools are the jewel in the crown of Bradford Education. Having met with local Head Teachers and Governors, I know that this is a quality provision that we cannot afford to lose’
‘We have a cluster of excellent providers in Bradford West, they support some of the most vulnerable children in the city and are the bedrock of an infrastructure of early-years excellence’
‘The local nursery schools have been working hard to raise this issue, but so far the government have still yet to offer a genuine solution, only a small reprieve’
‘It is time that government recognised the immense contribution Nursery Schools provide in constituencies like mine and funded them properly.’
‘These are expert institutions that have a genuine impact on social mobility, and we must ensure this is a service that is not watered down but allowed to flourish as the models of excellence that they are’
Sharon Hogan Headteacher - Midland Road Nursery School and Lister Park Children’s Centre Cluster has said.
‘Bradford’s Nursery School Headteachers and Governors have been increasingly concerned regarding the impact of funding reforms on Nursery Schools in Bradford’ –
‘They have really appreciated the support of Naz Shah who has not only grasped the seriousness of the situation they are in but is making such efforts to try and secure their future’