Lib Dem Nigel proposes a Motion at County Council Calling for a Commitment on Funding of Early Years Education.

Floella Benjamin at the Early Years report launchAt the Hertfordshire County Council Meeting of 27th November 2018, Liberal Democrat Member Nigel Qinton, County Councillor for Handside & Peartree proposed the following motion, which was duly seconded by the the Conservative Member, Terry Douris, the County Councillor for Bridgewater and the HCC Executive Member for Education, Libraries and Localism:

"This Council notes that £1.8 million per year of funding for maintained nursery schools, of which there are 14 in Hertfordshire, currently has no guarantee from HM Government after March 2020. These schools provide an essential bedrock of under-fives education across the County. Without this funding they might not survive in their current form.

This Council asks that the Leader of the Council and the Executive Member for Education, Libraries and Localism write to the Secretary of State for Education and the Minister for Early Years Education to request that a commitment is given as soon as possible to the continuation of the £1.8M funding beyond 2020, rather than await next year's spending review.

This Council also asks all Hertfordshire MPs to join the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) Nursery Schools, who are lobbying for this commitment."

The Motion was CARRIED.