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Nurseries: Teaching Methods

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the implications for funding for nurseries of the implementation of phonics under the Children Act 2006. (127634)

The Government invest some £3 billion each year in delivery of the free early education entitlement to secure twelve and a half hours’ free provision for 38 weeks a year for three and four-year-olds.

Nurseries receiving this funding deliver the Foundation Stage and therefore will already be implementing the preparatory work which paves the way for early reading. This work will continue when the Early Years Foundation Stage supersedes the Foundation Stage in September 2008. The Government are investing some £2 million through the Primary National Strategy to support the teaching of phonics in primary schools and early years settings.