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All Party Parliamentary Group on Nursery Schools, Nursery and Reception Classes

Early Education provides the Secretariat to the APPG on nursery schools, nursery and reception classes

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Chair: James Daly MP
Vice-Chairs: Theresa Villiers MP, Ian Mearns MP
Secretary: Jack Dromey MP
Treasurer: Steve Brine MP

Next meeting

Monday 18 October 2021, 2.00-3.30pm

2.00 Introduction from the Chair

2.10 Will Quince, Minister for Children & Families (invited)

2.30 The impact of the pandemic on disadvantaged children - early findings from the research project: Covid and Childcare: Local impacts across England, Ivana La Valle, Research Consultant and Visiting Scholar at the University of East London

2.20 The role of maintained nursery schools in post-pandemic recovery and the levelling up agenda - hear from headteachers and parents

3.00 Tulip Siddiq, Shadow Early Years Minister

3.10 Jack Dromey, Secretary of the APPG, and other comments and questions from MPs, followed by general discussion

3.30 End of meeting

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Latest news and campaign updates

October 2021

Join Early Education, NAHT, NEU and Unison for a rally and march on 19 October to present a petition on maintained nursery school funding to the Chancellor.

June 2021

Updated briefing for MPs

February 2021

Letter from the APPG Officers to the Chancellor

January 2021

Briefing on the impact of COVID-19 on the early years sector - safety concerns and funding

December 2020

November 2020

October 2020

September 2020

June 2020

​February 2020

January 2020

October 2019

September 2019

June 2019:

18 April 2019: Latest campaign resources:

11 March 2019: mass lobby of MPs and march on Downing Street: press coverage from the BBC,  The GuardianThe Independent, TES, Nursery World

31 January 2019: Watch the Backbench Business Committee debate on maintained nursery schools.  Download our briefing on the national funding position and the House of Commons Library briefing.

26 November 2018: support our campaign by starting a petition: download the model Petition and instructions to find out how to co-ordinate your petition with us at national level.

19 October 2018: Read our pre-budget briefing for MPs and a report out today from seven Yorkshire and Lincolnshire maintained nursery schools on the "hidden benefits" of maintained nursery schools.

21 September 2018: A letter to Nadhim Zahawi and Liz Truss about funding for maintained nursery schools has been signed by a cross party group of 75 MPs - read the letter, read coverage in the Observer and the Independent and the response from Nadhim Zahawi.

Papers from past meetings

Tuesday 6 July: The role of maintained nursery schools in supporting children's recovery

Thursday 25 February 2021

Monday 14 September, online meeting: The impact of COVID-19 on the early years and future funding of maintained nursery schools

Maintained nursery schools (MNS) have been left in limbo with stop-gap funding arrangements since the introduction of the Early Years National Funding Formula in 2017.  The upcoming spending review provides an opportunity to provide long-term stability for this crucial part of the early years sector.  This meeting will include an update on the funding needs of maintained nursery schools in the context of the wider impact of COVID-19 on the early years sector.

March and Rally, joint with NAHT, 11 March 2019

Papers from the meeting on Wednesday 21 November 2018

Papers from the meeting on Wednesday 4 July 2018

Papers from the meeting on Tuesday 24 April 2018

Papers from the meeting on 16 January 2018

Papers from the meeting on Tuesday 10 October 2017

Papers from previous APPG meetings

Additional resources

The unique and added value of Birmingham's maintained nursery schools, May 2019

A report from seven Yorkshire and Lincolnshire maintained nursery schools on the "hidden benefits" of maintained nursery schools.

Hidden Value: A report exploring the role and future of maintained nursery schools in London, London Councils, September 2018

State of the nation 2016: social mobility in Great Britain - report of the Social Mobility Commission, including commentary on the value of maintained nursery schools in supporting social mobility

Government plans will reallocate nursery funding from poorer to richer children – and no one seems to notice - blog by Kitty Stewart and Ludovica Gambaro

Maintained Nursery Schools: the State of Play was launched in March 2015 at a parliamentary reception hosted by Graham Stuart MP and supported by MPs of all parties.  Read more.