Funding boost to support early years learning

Monday, June 03, 2019

More than £500k has been secured to give young children in disadvantaged parts of Lancashire a better start in life by helping them to develop essential skills before beginning school.

The funding will provide extra training and development for early years staff working in nursery settings, ensuring they are well-equipped to help children acquire basic speech, language and numeracy skills.

It follows a successful application by Lancashire County Council to the Department of Education's Early Years Professional Development Fund.

The aim is to drive up standards in pre-school education, enabling more children to start school with the basics in place to be able to make the most of primary school.

The fund will also allow nursery staff to attend training programmes and access a range of professional development. This will increase their skills and knowledge of teaching early language, literacy and numeracy to children from two to four years of age.

In order to deliver the programme in Lancashire, four partnerships will be established with up to 15 early years nursery providers benefitting in each area. The four partnerships are:

Burnley Central and Burnley North
Nelson and Brierfield
Preston East and Preston Central

Each nursery provider will receive funding for three professionals to attend the training programme. Up to 180 practitioners will benefit from this within Lancashire.

County Councillor Phillippa Williamson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: "We're very pleased to have secured this extra government funding.

"This work will enable us to help to drive up standards in the pre-school years, so more children arrive at school with the foundations in place to make the most of primary school.

"Making sure that children finish reception with the expected skills in early communication and reading is hugely important to us."

The initiative is ongoing and will be delivered over two academic years. It forms part of a wider Early Years Strategy, which aims to give children and families the best start in life through promoting good health, readiness to play and learn and addressing development gaps at the earliest opportunity so that all children can begin school ready to thrive.

Overcoming disadvantage and supporting families to be resilient by providing them with high quality family and child-centred services underpins this activity.


Tagged as: Children, Education and Families

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