The Coalition Government is already ensuring that the poorest 20% of two-year olds are able to receive early education from September 2013, which means nearly 900 two-year-olds in Haringey will benefit. This will rise to include the poorest 40% by 2014.
At Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference, Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg also announced an extra £100m this year, intended to go into capital spending, such as converting part of an existing building into extra nursery space.
In Haringey, that means an extra £736,659. The money will help prepare children for school and help the most hard-pressed families with childcare costs.
In total, local authorities will receive more than half a billion pounds to fund two-year-olds’ places next year.
Following the announcement, Lynne Featherstone MP commented:
“It is unfair that today, you can still predict how well they will do in school based on where someone is born. Children from poorer backgrounds often fall behind their wealthier classmates before they even set foot in school. That gap only gets bigger over time.
“Liberal Democrats believe in a fair society where everyone has the opportunity to succeed. That’s why Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government have prioritised supporting two-year olds so they can get the best start in life.
“Today’s news on how much money our area will get to make this ambition a reality is a welcome boost for hard-pressed families and will help to create a fairer society.”