Save nursery schools now

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson

There are 392 nursery schools in England. The majority are located in the poorest parts of the country and, for many children, they are the only opportunity for early education.

As a result of chronic underfunding, many nursery schools have been forced to close in recent years.

Unless the Government changes course, even more nursery schools will face threat of closure, as early as September 2020.

The Government has accepted that nursery school funding is insufficient. As a stopgap measure, it allocated some money to plug the holes – but only till 2020.

Even with the recent funding announcement for schools and colleges, there is no funding commitment to secure the future of maintained nursery schools.

Nursery schools face losing one third of their budget on average next year. This means severe cuts to the education and services they provide. In many cases, these cuts will simply put nursery schools at risk of closure.

Our Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, must guarantee proper funding for the long term and ensure no more nursery schools are forced to close because of insufficient budgets.  

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To: Prime Minister, Boris Johnson
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Nursery schools in this country are at risk. Unless the Government changes course and guarantees to fund Maintained Nursery Schools (MNS) properly, many will face closure and all will suffer damaging cuts to the quality of education and services they provide.

The Government has already recognised that nursery school funding is insufficient. As a stopgap measure, it allocated some money to plug the holes. But this funding ends in 2020 – and nursery schools have received no guarantee it will continue beyond this period.

Even with the recent funding announcement for schools and colleges, there is no funding commitment to secure the future of maintained nursery schools.

Nursery schools are already struggling with impossible budgets. If the Government refuses to commit long-term and adequate funding, many more will soon find it impossible to remain open. Those that manage to scrape by will be forced to sacrifice provision and quality of education, just to make ends meet.

Nursery schools enrol around 40,000 children. The majority are located in the poorest parts of the country and, for many children, they are the only opportunity for early education.

Nursery schools are required to hire teachers with qualified teacher status (QTS) and thereby incur higher costs than other providers.

The education they provide helps close the gap between the most disadvantaged children and their peers. If they are forced to close, tens of thousands of children could lose their place in early education. Children from working families will be left with nowhere to turn.

Nursery schools don’t need another stopgap, they need certainty. We’re asking you, the Prime Minister, to commit long-term and adequate funding for nursery schools, and ensure that no more nursery schools are forced to close because of insufficient budgets.

Thank you,
The undersigned