School led nurseries to be at “heart” of government education plans

Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah has said today he wants more schools to offer nursery provision.

In a speech at a Policy Exchange event in London this morning called ‘More pre-schools in schools’, Gyimah said: “We want more schools to step up to the plate and offer nursery provision. We want them to be innovative, curious and rise to the challenge

“Joined up nursery provision means parents may well be able to go back to work and children can access the help they need earlier on in life.

He went on to say: “Many schools already have most of the skills, the resources and the buildings they need to do this. And as we know, parents trust schools.

“Some schools are already doing it.”

He also said he wanted schools to consider “teaming up with private, voluntary and independent nurseries, sharing the best ways to work between themselves.”

Gyimah also claimed “evidence shows that children who go to pre-school are projected to earn a staggering £27,000 more during their career than those who don’t” and finished his speech saying: “I’m proud to say that going forward, school led nurseries will be at the heart of our plan for education.”

For reaction and more on the Minister’s speech see the next edition of Schools Week.

Picture by Matt Smith / Policy Exchange

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  1. Helen

    With the shortage of school places for children five and over, where is the space for expanding into providing nurseries and does he mean nursery schools or day nurseries. Both need large spaces indoors and out. This is bound to impact into the outdoor space that the other children access at break times and PE. Local preschools in local communities have been working well for over 50 years why does he want to change that now? The figures don’t add up. it is more expensive to run a nursery school with a fully qualified teacher and most people believe the ratio of one to thirteen isn’t great for young children.