Free nursery education for two-year-olds welcomed by Huppert

9 July, 2012 3 Comments

Free nursery education is to be offered to 3,400 two-year-olds from the most hard-pressed families in Cambridgeshire over the next two years.

The news, welcomed by Cambridge MP Julian Huppert, comes after the Lib Dems pushed in government to extend free early years education which already benefits three and four-year-old children.

In September, 1,100 two-year-olds will become eligible for the scheme followed by a further 2,300 youngsters in September 2014.

Julian said: “This is great news. We know that early years education through play and stories really helps young children get ready for school.

“We also know how vital those first few years of a child’s education can be to future success and we wanted to close the attainment gap been poorer children and their more well-off classmates.

“Through this opportunity along and with the additional money available to schools through the Pupil Premium to help youngsters eligible for free school meals, we hope that we can give these children the best start.”

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  • Lina: July 22, 2012 4:46 pm

    This should be everywhere in the UK. If the government wants to reduce the costs of supporting single-parents or other costs related to women having to stay at home, they need to promote more policies linked to reduce the costs of childcare.

    Not only that but in order to reduce gender inequality. If a couple decides to have children, it is usually the woman who stays at home. However, when women, who usually do not have a permanent or high salary job, decides to look again for a job, finds that there are too many obstacles. First, the reduce number of part-time jobs (in order to expend more time with the child); Second, the cost of childcare. We are talking about around 80% of your salary goes towards this. And lets not forget that you have to pay upfront a deposit + a month, so the new family has to have over 1.000 pounds to be able to have a place for the child.

    The direct consequence is that women stay at home longer, increasing and maintaining gender inequality and the government has lost valuable women that could contribute towards the economy.

  • Lina: July 22, 2012 4:50 pm

    And it should not be only for hard-pressed families. There are many other families that are not in extreme poverty but middle-class that bear the whole costs of taxes and bills that cannot afford childcare.

  • Rashmi: August 8, 2012 5:42 am

    Again I find myself in total agrenmeet with you. We were told over 20 years ago that we would never be able to have children so when in 2000 I found myself 4 months pregnant with my first son I decided to treasure every moment with him and become a stay at home mum. It is the one thing in my life that I am the most proud of and whilst we are permanently skint I wouldn’t change the situation for anything.It saddens me that so little value is placed upon women in our position. I am an ardent feminist and regard feminism as being pro choice, including the choice to take on a traditional’ female role if I wish to. Governments corrupt feminism and seek to use it to define women only as economic units of production. I don’t criticize women who for whatever reason want/have to work but our society should accommodate women like us.

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