National fight for nursery school funding

Last week a nationwide campaign was launched, calling for the long-term funding of maintained nursery schools. Settings want the government to provide them with a long-term and secure funding settlement in the spending review this autumn.

Campaigners include school leaders, parents, governors, MPs and trade union leaders, who warn that the state-funded nursery provision for children aged two to four has been left in an “impossibly precarious position” because of uncertainty over future funding.

This comes at the same time as early findings from the National Day Nurseries Association’s sixth workforce survey have been released, revealing how the climate of underfunding and squeezed budgets is having an impact on nurseries’ ability to provide training and CPD.

Higher costs, inadequate government funding and increased staff turnover means that nurseries will continue to struggle to upskill the workforce. For over a third of respondents, mandatory training is the only thing they could focus on, and many highlighted underfunding for government places as a major factor affecting this. Only 18% of providers said they were planning on spending more on training in the next year, with 55% planning on spending less and 27% planning on spending the same.

We hope that the long-term funding for these settings is secured to allow nurseries to invest in staff training and CPD, as this is important for quality provision and improving outcomes for children. At CACHE, we recognise the importance of CPD in Early Years and want to make it as accessible as possible.

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