APPG 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
  • Secretary
    Theresa Villiers MP
  • Vice-Chair
    Ian Mearns MP
  • Treasurer
    Steve Brine MP

Latest news and campaign updates

Labour will encourage councils to open more maintained nurseries

Early Education welcomes the announcement by Bridget Philipson MP, the Shadow Education Secretary, that Labour intends for an expansion of …

Consultation opens on ratios and early years funding in England, including maintained nursery schools

We welcome today’s announcement from government that it intends to allocate a further £10m to raise the level of supplementary …

More than half of England’s maintained nursery schools struggling to cover core costs

A survey carried out by sector body Early Education in association with education unions the NAHT, NEU and UNISON, has …

Hundreds of school staff march on Downing Street to save nursery schools

Today (Tues 19 Oct), 150 representatives from maintained nursery schools in England will gather in London’s Parliament Square, alongside parents, …

Early Education and unions call for long-term MNS funding

Organisations representing Maintained Nursery Schools have joined together to warn the government that it must provide a long-term funding solution …

June 2021

Updated briefing for MPs

Nursery Schools forced to make further cuts as government leaves them in the dark over key funding decisions

A new survey carried out by Early Education, NAHT, NEU and UNISON has revealed that over a third (34%) of Maintained Nursery …

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

Next meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the APPG will be held on Wednesday 17 May 2023, 9.00-9.30am in room W3, Westminster Hall, for parliamentarians only.  Please confirm attendance.

Previous meetings

Monday 7 March 2022


  • Will Quince, Minister for Children and Families
  • Ivana de la Valle on The impact of the pandemic on disadvantaged children – early findings from the research project: Covid and Childcare: Local impacts across England
  • Laura Barbour of the Sutton Trust on A Fair Start? The case for an extension of the 30 hours entitlement to disadvantaged families
  • Case studies from headteachers

Papers from past meetings

The role of maintained nursery schools in supporting children’s recovery

Additional resources

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

Nursery Schools – The hidden benefits: A report from seven Yorkshire and Lincolnshire 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.