Sunday, 20 November 2011

County Youngsters To Benefit From Extended Early Years Education

Cambridgeshire Liberal Democrats have welcomed the news that 1,100 two-year-olds from the poorest families across the county will benefit from extended free early years education.

Youngsters will be entitled to 15 hours of education per week and it will be more flexible so that it can be taken between 7am and 7pm across two days instead of being spread across the three days as at present.

Peter Downes, Shadow Cabinet Member for Health on Cambridgeshire County Council welcomed the announcement by Lib Dem Children’s Minister, Sarah Teather.

He said: “Giving youngsters the best start in life through high quality education can make a real difference to their futures.

“It could mean that by the time these youngsters start primary school they are able to keep up with their classmates and don’t find themselves falling behind. This is crucial if we are to give them the best possible start.

“It’s also good news that that this early years education will be flexible and easy to access giving parents, trying to balance work and home, the help they need.”