£235,000 to help Wiltshire’s disadvantaged 3 and 4 year-olds

Nurseries, childminders and other early years providers in Wiltshire are set for a £235,000 cash injection, nearly a quarter of a million pounds, to help three and four year-olds from disadvantaged families.

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 each child gets a fair start.

Duncan said:

“By investing £235,000 in Wiltshire 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.

“This is all part of creating a fairer society with opportunity for everyone.”

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 for all infants, and pupil premium funding for schools.

Liberal Democrat Schools Minister David Laws added:

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

“Liberal Democrats in government have already extended free early years education for all three and four year-olds in Wiltshire.

“Now this cash boost will mean extra support for those children who need it most.”