Covid-19: Pre-school Sector - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:56 pm on 8th June 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Blower Baroness Blower Labour 2:56 pm, 8th June 2020

My Lords, I refer to my interests in the register. A large amount of private provision has indeed closed during the pandemic. Maintained nursery schools have taken in additional children and become hubs for vulnerable children and the children of key workers. The 2019 supplementary funding of £60 million was welcome, but it leaves maintained nursery schools with real-terms cash equivalent only to that of 2015. What steps are the Government taking to ensure that maintained nursery schools are adequately funded both now and in future?