The LGA has long warned of the need to continue supplementary funding for maintained nursery schools, which tend to care for higher numbers of disadvantaged children and children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
Nearly two-thirds of councils responding to a recent LGA survey – 61 per cent – feared maintained nursery schools in their area would close if this funding is not protected. More than half (52 per cent) also said that the loss of funding would mean reduced support for children with SEND.
Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Chair of the LGA’s Children and Young People Board, said: “The LGA has been clear all along around the need for additional funding to secure the future of maintained nursery schools and we are pleased the Government has acted on our concerns.
“Maintained nurseries provide a high level of support to disadvantaged children and those with special educational needs, and it is important that they continue to receive funding to do so.
“However, while this extra money will give much needed clarity to councils and maintained nursery schools for an additional term, we urge the Government to deliver a long-term funding solution in this year’s Spending Review that ensures all children are able to access the high-quality early education that they deserve.”