To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of maintained nursery schools that rely on the supplementary transitional protection funding for 2019-20 to stay open; and if he will make it his policy to continue that funding beyond 2020.
Maintained nursery schools (MNS) make a valuable contribution to improving the lives of some of our most disadvantaged children. We are providing local authorities with around £60 million a year of supplementary funding, to enable them to maintain the funding that was provided to MNS in 2016/17. The funding of individual MNS is a matter for local authorities. No estimate has been made of the number of MNS that rely on the supplementary funding they receive in order to stay open.
In February, we announced that we would provide local authorities with further funding of around £24 million to enable them to maintain the funding of MNS for the whole of the 2019/20. This provides MNS with further stability, and what happens after 2019/20 will be determined by the next Spending Review.