You can add your voice to UNISON’s work in support of English nursery schools by signing a new online parliamentary petition.
The government announced plans earlier this autumn to change the way it funds “early years” or preschool services, which would mean less money for nursery schools.
UNISON is working with a number of other unions and organisations in the sector and calling on the government to reconsider its proposals.
This included a joint letter to education secretary Justine Greening, warning her of the dangers contained in her department’s Early Years Funding: changes to funding for three- and four-year-olds consultation paper.
Now UNISON is urging members, parents and everyone else who is concerned to sign the parliamentary petition “Save state-funded nursery schools”.
The union points out that nursery schools are run like a school, with qualified teachers and early years staff. They are widely recognised as centres of excellence, often serving the most deprived areas of the country.
But. warns the petition, current funding plans “will not cover basic costs, let alone staffing with qualified teachers”.