Boost for children from less well-off families

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Nurseries, childminders and other early years providers across Northamptonshire will benefit from a £50m national cash injection to help three and four-year-olds from low-income families.

Northamptonshire will be one of the first areas to benefit from new funding for early years education aimed at closing the gap in attainment between children from poorer backgrounds and their more well-off peers.

The county will pilot the Early Years Premium which is being rolled out nationally to schools, nurseries and childminders from next year.

Cllr Matt Golby, cabinet member for learning, skills and education, said: “We know that children from poorer backgrounds are less likely to achieve the same educational attainment as other children so we hope this funding can go some way towards creating a level playing field.

“Early years settings and schools will receive just over £300 a year for eligible three and four-year-olds.

“They’ll be able to use their expertise and judgement to decide how best to spend the funding.”

The premium is 53p per hour for cach eligible child.