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Without it - we could lose these West Norfolk nurseries

west norfolk nursery schools protesting funding

Published by Chris Craddock at 1:03pm 14th March 2019. (Updated at 1:04pm 14th March 2019)

Without this - we could lose these West Norfolk's nurseries.

That's the message from Emneth Nursery School as they took part in protests at Parliament.

They are three of the Maintained Nursery Schools in Norfolk with another one being King's Lynn Nursery.

west norfolk nursery schools protesting funding
staff took part in a parliamentary meeting

They rely on supplementary funding from the government to make sure they can keep up with back costs.

But that has only been guaranteed until 2020 and Head Teacher at Emneth Nursery School Holly Bowman says they could fall off a cliff edge next year.

So they joined colleagues from King's Lynn to take part in a Parliamentary meeting on Monday (11th March).

west norfolk nursery schools protesting funding
they also took to the streets to make their voices heard

Holly said:

"Nursery schools were set up in areas of most disadvantage and are now the jewel in the social mobility crown. We support families and children in areas of high deprivation and all of the 397 schools are rated good or outstanding, this is the highest record compared to any other educational sector and should be celebrated not put under threat.

"Early Education needs to be a high priority and recognised as the most critical part of a child's educational journey. Evidence is unequivocal, children who get the best start go on to achieve higher outcomes and this high quality provision still impacts much later on in a child's schooling.

"Norfolk is already redesigning its children's centre service and Emneth is affected by this so to contemplate the loss also of the Nursery School here would be irresponsible both of Norfolk and the government, with the impact on our communities far reaching, but most importantly the children of Norfolk."

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