Save Our Maintained Nursery Schools
Save Our Maintained Nursery Schools 


Nursery Schools Funding Crisis

Maintained (local-authority run) Nursery Schools across the country are currently in limbo waiting to hear if they will continue to receive supplementary funding after 2020.  Without this funding, nearly 400 Maintained Nursery Schools will no longer be able to exist in their current form.  


Maintained Nursery Schools are local authority funded schools, with a headteacher and qualified teachers leading a team of specialist early years practitioners. They provide education for 2-5-year-olds. They there are fewer than 400 remaining in England, mainly in the most disadvantaged areas of the country.  They represent a unique reservoir of early years expertise. 98% of them are rated good or outstanding by Ofsted, a standard not matched by any other part of the education sector

  • Maintained nursery schools transform lives: 64% are in the 30% most deprived areas of England, and because of the quality of education they offer (62% are graded Outstanding by Ofsted) they help close the gap between disadvantaged children and their peers, improving social mobility as a result.
  • Their admissions policies prioritise the children in greatest need.  They work closely with health and social care to meet the needs of vulnerable children and families and offer integral family support within the nursery school and support many children in need who are increasingly not picked up by other services. 
  • They have a unique pool of expertise in supporting children with SEND both taking children whom other settings do not have the resources or expertise to support and helping local settings to build their expertise and successfully support more children with SEND.
  • The whole early years sector benefits from the expertise of maintained nursery schools acting as catalysts to raise standards in their locality through supporting schools and early years settings to work together to improve their quality, including through a network of Early Years Teaching Schools.

No other part of the education sector is as highly rated, and yet no other part of the sector faces a less certain future.


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