Pre-school Education: Greater London

Education written question – answered on 4th March 2014.

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Photo of Lucy Powell Lucy Powell Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of additional early years education places in London resulting from the £8 million funding announced by his Department on 18 December 2013.

Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

It is for individual London authorities to determine how best to use their allocation to expand the provision for two, three and four-year olds. We are encouraging local authorities to support school nurseries to open from eight till six and offer more flexible hours for parents. This will enable more parents to take their free 15-hours of early education for two, three and four-year olds at convenient times.

Individual local authority allocations to fund the extended early learning programme for two year-olds for the 2014 to 2015 financial year were published on 18 December 2013 and they are available from gov.uk via this link:

http://bit.ly/1dm83fs

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