Disadvantaged children in Peterborough to get government funding

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Government funding will be given to help the most disadvantaged children in Peterborough.

Cambridgeshire County Council has this week received £132,979 to introduce the Early Years Pupil Premium which will also go to children in Peterborough.

The money will be distributed to local early years providers.

They will receive up to £300 extra per year for each disadvantaged child who meets the eligibility criteria.

Children will qualify if they are three or four years old, are receiving government funded early education and their parents receive benefits used to access eligibility for free school meals.

Cambridgeshire was chosen as one of the seven local authorities to receive the fund from January and the funding is based on the estimated number of eligible children.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “One of my top priorities in government is to build a fairer society where children from every background get the start in life that they deserve.

“This new funding from the Early Years upil prPemium will allow schools and nurseries to give extra help to toddlers from the poorest families so they can develop and learn quickly and prevent them falling behind other children when they start school.”

Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah said: “I’m delighted we are helping the most disadvantaged children from Cambridgeshire get the best possible start in life.

“Good quality early education should not be denied to anyone. Children who get it go on to do better at school and earn higher wages, so the Early Years Pupil Premium will be a life changing injection of money.

“I would encourage any parent from Cambridgeshire who meets the criteria to tell their child’s nursery or child minder they are eligible. The provider will then alert the local authority to access the funding.”

The Department for Education will ask for feedback from the council before the full £50 million scheme is implemented throughout England in April.