Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

School Nurseries 'Could Face Lack of Children and Funding'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

School Nurseries 'Could Face Lack of Children and Funding'

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SOME schools could face a shortage in new pupils and funding unless more children access their nursery services, town hall bosses were told.

A meeting of Oldham's performance and value for money select committee examined the uptake of free early education entitlements for two, three and fouryear-olds in the borough.

They found that of parents who access the 30 hours' extended free childcare, the majority of children are in places facilitated by private, voluntary or independent providers.

This is attributed to the greater flexibility in the hours of these services to fit around the working schedules of parents and families.

However, the meeting was told it has had a 'detrimental' effect on school nursery numbers, with one school - identified by Coun Dianne Williamson as Crompton Primary - deciding to close its nursery because its numbers were unsustainable. …

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