Cuts Watch #31: Cuts in children’s early years services
In addition to cuts in the Government’s
play strategy further details have emerged of cuts in spending on early years services. Nursery World reports that:
Every Child a Reader (a programme to support children with literacy difficulties) faces £5 million of cuts – and its future is not certain. The
Play Shaper programme, which encourages local authorities to consider children’s play when planning towns and cities, is being scaled back. The
Childcare for Training and Learning for Work programme, which provides up to £175 per week for low-income parents who want to access training to get back into work, is being cut by £10 million.
Buddying (a pilot scheme focusing on improving practice in early years services) and the 0-7 Partnership Scheme pilot (which is designed to ease children’s transition between early years and primary school) have been cut.
Written by Nicola Smith
I’m Head of the Economic and Social Affairs Department at the TUC. I also represent the TUC on the Social Security Advisory Committee. My posts may therefore range from the environment to the welfare state via macro-economic policy but will inevit…