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House of Commons Hansard
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05 February 2019
Volume 654

The future of maintained nursery schools

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I rise to present petitions on behalf of nursery schools across England, and will be joined by many colleagues. I thank them and nurseries across the country for their campaigning work.

Petitions presented today are on behalf of thousands of parents, teachers, governors and local people who value and use these maintained nursery schools. The petitioners raise concerns about the future viability of maintained nursery schools. One third of their funding is due to end next April—that is the next academic year. Without continued supplementary funding or a long-term solution to sustainable funding, many nurseries could close, and many are already taking staffing and place decisions for next year.

These nurseries are the jewel in the crown of our education system, boosting social mobility and eliminating the development gap between poorer pupils and their peers’ pre-school. Some 98% are outstanding or good and two thirds are in the most deprived areas of the country. Warm words are not enough from Ministers; we now need action.

The first petition states:

“The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons to urge the Government to take action to ensure nursery schools are financially sustainable for the future.”

Following is the full text of the petition:

[The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Triangle, maintained nursery school in Lambeth,

Declares that we are concerned about the future of maintained nursery schools in England after March 2020 as no guarantee has been given by the Government that adequate funding will continue when supplementary funding ends.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons to urge the Government to take action to ensure nursery schools are financially sustainable for the future.

And the petitioners remain, etc.]

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The other petitions are:

The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Walton Lane maintained nursery school in Nelson, Lancashire.

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The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of College Green Nursery School, maintained nursery school in Brent.

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The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Bognor Regis maintained nursery school in West Sussex.

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The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Oxclose Community Nursery School a maintained nursery school in Washington, Sunderland.

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The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Kingswood maintained nursery school in Watford, Hertfordshire.

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The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Maidenhead Nursery School in Windsor and Maidenhead.

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The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Kenilworth Nursery School in Kenilworth.

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The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Maytree maintained nursery school in Lambeth.

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The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Holmewood maintained nursery school in Lambeth.

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The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of The Lawns maintained nursery school in Windsor.

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The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Hedon Nursery School in East Riding of Yorkshire.

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The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Grosvenor maintained nursery school in Bolton.

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The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Usworth Colliery maintained nursery school in Washington Tyne and Wear.

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The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Beverley Manor Nursery school in East Riding of Yorkshire.

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The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Northfleet Nursery in Gravesend.

[P002385]

The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of West Heath Nursery in Birmingham.

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The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Wyndham Park maintained nursery school in Grantham.

[P002387]

The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Hollywood Park maintained nursery school in Stockport.

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The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Lanterns, maintained nursery school in Winchester, Hampshire.

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The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Cookham, maintained nursery school in Cookham.

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The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Douglas Valley Nursery School, maintained nursery school in Wigan.

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The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Chichester, maintained nursery school in West Sussex.

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The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Pennywell Early Years Centre, maintained nursery school in Sunderland.

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The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Hylton Red House Nursery School, maintained nursery school in Sunderland.

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The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Filton Avenue, maintained nursery school in Bristol.

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I would like to present three petitions in the same terms, on behalf of 1,107 residents of the Chipping Barnet constituency, concerning St Margaret’s Nursery School, Hampden Way Nursery School and the Barnet Early Years Alliance. I also highlight a petition in the same terms concerning Moss Hall Nursery School that is being submitted this evening by my hon. Friend the Member for Finchley and Golders Green (Mike Freer).

The petition of the parents, carers and staff of Hampden Way Nursery School, maintained nursery school in Barnet.

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The petition of the parents, carers, staff of St Margaret’s Nursery School, maintained nursery school in Barnet.

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The petition of the parents, carers and staff of BEYA - Brookhill Nursery, maintained nursery school in Barnet.

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I rise to present a petition in the same terms as my hon. Friend the Member for Manchester Central (Lucy Powell), from the parents, carers, staff and governors of the wonderful Hillview Nursery School in Britain’s best constituency, Harrow West. Almost 100 people have signed the petition.

The petition of parents, carers, staff and governors of Hillview Nursery maintained nursery school in Harrow.

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I would like to present petitions from parents, carers and staff at Windsor Nursery School and Phoenix Nursery School—both in Wolverhampton South East—in the same terms as those presented by my hon. Friend the Member for Manchester Central (Lucy Powell).

The petition of parents, carers, staff and governors of Windsor maintained nursery school in Wolverhampton.

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The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Phoenix maintained nursery schools in Wolverhampton.

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I would like to present a petition on behalf of Ditton Nursery School and Warrington Road Nursery School, which has been signed by parents, carers and staff at those schools. I do so on the same basis as my hon. Friend the Member for Manchester Central (Lucy Powell).

The petition of the parents, carers and staff of Ditton/Warrington Road maintained nursery schools in Halton.

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I would like to present a petition—signed by parents from Somerset Nursery School, along with teachers and governors—in the same terms.

The petition of the parents, carers and staff of Somerset nursery school maintained nursery schools in Wandsworth, London.

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I rise to present petitions in the same terms about the future of maintained nursery schools. I have received over 1,600 signatures from these nurseries.

The petition of the parents, carers and staff of Cippenham maintained nursery school in Slough.

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The petition of the parents, carers and staff of Baylis Court Nursery School maintained nursery schools in Slough.

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The petition of the parents, carers and staff of Lea Nursery School maintained nursery school in Slough.

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The petition of the parents, carers and staff of Chalvey Nursery School maintained Nursery School in Slough.

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The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors and supporters of Slough centre nursery maintained nursery school in Slough Berkshire.

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I rise to present petitions in the same terms from the wonderful St Werburgh’s Park Nursery School; the wonderful Redcliffe Nursery School and children’s centre in Redcliffe; and the wonderful St Philip’s Marsh Nursery School, Barton Hill children’s centre and Cashmore early years centre, also in Bristol.

The petition of the Parents, Careers, Staff and Governors of Redcliffe Children’s Centre maintained nursery school in Bristol.

[P002319]

The petition of the Parents, Careers, Staff and Governors of St Philip’s Marsh Nursery School (and Cashmore Early Years Centre/Barton Hill Children’s Centre) maintained nursery school in Bristol.

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The petition of the Parents, Careers, Staff and Governors of St Werburgh’s Park maintained nursery school in Bristol.

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I rise to present a petition in the same terms on behalf of four remarkable nursery schools in Birmingham, Erdington: Castle Vale, Featherstone, Marsh Hill, and Osborne. It is signed by 1,500 people.

The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Featherstone maintained nursery school in Erdington, Birmingham and Marsh Mill nursery school, Osborne nursery school and Castle Vale nursery school in Birmingham.

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I rise to present petitions on behalf of three outstanding nursery schools in Reading East: Caversham, Newbridge, and Blagdon.

The petition of the parents, careers, staff and governors of Caversham maintained nursery school in Reading.

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I rise to present the petition from 85 parents, carers and staff of the much-valued Abercromby Nursery School in Liverpool. It is vital that adequate funding is provided for this facility, which has enriched so many young lives.

The petition of the parents, carers and staff of Abercromby Nursery School maintained Nursery School in Liverpool.

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I rise to present a petition in the same terms on behalf of six outstanding nursery schools of Burnley.

The petition of the parents, careers, staff and governors of Whitegate Nursery School, Padiham.

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The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Ightenhill maintained nursery school in Burnley.

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The petition of the parents, carers and staff of Basnett Street Nursery School maintained nursery school in Burnley.

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The petition of the parents, carers and staff of Rockwood maintained nursery school in Burnley, Lancashire.

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The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Rosegrove Nursery School maintained nursery school in Burnley.

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The petition of the parents, carers and staff of Reedley Hallows maintained nursery school in Burnley, Lancashire.

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I would like to present a petition on behalf of parents, carers and staff of the fantastic Bedworth Heath and Atherstone maintained nursery schools in the same terms. It has 89 signatures.

The petition of the parents, careers, staff and governors of Atherstone maintained nursery school in Atherstone, Warwickshire.

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I rise to present a petition in the same terms on behalf of 116 constituents in support of the excellent Stockingford Nursery School in Nuneaton.

The petition of the parents, careers, staff and governors of Stockingford Nursery maintained nursery school in Nuneaton.

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I present five petitions in the same terms on behalf of many, many thousands of residents—parents, guardians, staff and communities of nursery schools in Cambridgeshire.

The petition of the parents, carers staff, governors and local community of Homerton Early Years Centre maintained nursery school in Cambridgeshire.

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The petition of the parents, carers staff, governors and local community of Colleges Nursery School maintained nursery school in Cambridgeshire.

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The petition of the parents, carers staff and governors of Brunswick maintained nursery school in Cambridgeshire.

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The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Histon Early Years Centre maintained nursery school in Histon, Cambridgeshire.

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The petition of the parents, carers, staff, governors and local community of The Fields Children Centre maintained nursery school in Cambridgeshire.

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I rise to present a petition in the same terms on behalf of the parents, carers and staff of the outstanding Hindley Nursery School in the constituency of Makerfield. There are 125 signatures.

The petition of the parents, carers and staff of Hindley Nursery School maintained nursery school in Makerfield.

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I rise to present a petition in the same terms from parents, carers, staff and governors of the brilliant Lillian de Lissa Nursery School in Birmingham, Edgbaston.

The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Lillian de Lissa maintained nursery school in Birmingham.

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I rise to present two petitions in the same terms signed by over 400 people on behalf of Highters Heath Nursery School in Billesley and Allens Croft Nursery School in Brandwood in my constituency.

The petition of the parents, careers, staff and governors of Allens Croft maintained nursery school in King Heath Birmingham.

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The petition of the parents, careers, staff and governors of Highters Heath maintained nursery school in Warstock, Birmingham.

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I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Manchester Central (Lucy Powell) for all the work that she has done on this. I rise to present a petition in the same terms as everybody else for the outstanding Lee Royd Nursery School in my constituency, in south Accrington.

The petition of the parents, carers and staff of Lee Royd Nursery School maintained nursery school in Accrington.

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In the same terms, I present a petition on behalf of parents, carers and supporters of Victoria Park Nursery School in Newbury and Hungerford Nursery School in Hungerford, both maintained nursery schools, in the same terms as others.

The petition of the parents, careers, staff and governors of Victoria Park and Hungerford Nursery School maintained nursery school in West Berkshire.

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I rise to present in the same terms a petition on behalf of our one remaining maintained nursery school in my constituency, the wonderful Sunny Brow Nursery School. It has been signed by 238 constituents.

The petition of the parents, careers, staff and governors of Sunny Brow maintained nursery school in Middleton.

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I rise to present petitions in the same terms as my hon. Friends from parents, carers, staff and governors of three highly valued nursery schools in my constituency: Nell Gwynn Nursery School, Ann Bernard Nursery School, and The Grove children and family centre. They are all hugely valued by the over 279 people who have signed the petition.

The petition of the parents, careers, staff, governors and our local community contacts of The Grove Children and Family Centre which is a maintained nursery school in Southwark.

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The petition of the parents, careers, staff and governors of Nell Gwynn Nursery, maintained nursery school in Southwark.

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I rise to present petitions in the same terms and on behalf of 211 constituents for the excellent Warwick Nursery School and 174 constituents for the equally superb Whitnash Nursery School.

The petition of the parents, carers and staff of Whitnash maintained Nursery School in Leamington Spa.

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The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Warwick Nursery School, maintained nursery school in Warwick.

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I am Spartacus, and I rise to present a petition in the same terms, signed by 170 parents, carers, staff and governors of the outstanding Boundstone maintained nursery school in Lancing in my constituency.

The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Boundstone maintained Nursery school in Lancing, West Sussex.

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I would like to present four petitions in the same terms, on behalf of parents, carers and staff at Hetton-le-Hole Nursery School, Hetton Lyons Nursery School, Houghton Community Nursery School and Mill Hill Nursery School in Houghton and Sunderland South.

The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Hetton Lyons maintained nursery school in Sunderland.

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The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Mill Hill maintained nursery school in Doxford Park, Sunderland.

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The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Houghton Community maintained nursery school in Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland.

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The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Hetton-le-Hole maintained nursery school in Sunderland.

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I would like to present a petition in the same terms on behalf of the wonderful Clyde Nursery School and the wonderful Chelwood Nursery School in my constituency, which have collected well over 200 signatures between them.

The petition of the parents, carers and staff of Clyde Nursery School, maintained nursery school in Lewisham.

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I rise to present a petition in the same terms on behalf of parents, staff, governors and supporters of the exemplary and only stand-alone maintained nursery school in the Borough of Gateshead: Bensham Grove Community Nursery School.

The petition of the parents of Bensham Grove Community maintained nursery school in Gateshead.

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I rise to present a petition in the same terms on behalf of St Giles maintained nursery school in Lincoln—an amazing, priceless school that supports families in so many different ways. I dare not begin to think how Lincoln would manage without it.

The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of St Giles maintained nursery school in Lincoln.

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I rise to present six petitions in the same terms, three from my constituency—Chapel Street, Hart Hill and Rothesay—and, on behalf of my hon. Friend the Member for Luton North (Kelvin Hopkins), Gill Blowers, Grasmere and Pastures Way nursery schools.

The petition of the parents, carers and staff of Chapel Street, Gill Blowers, Grasmere, Hart Hill, Pastures Way and Rothesay maintained nursery schools in Luton.

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The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Rothesay maintained nursery school in Luton.

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The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Chapel Street maintained nursery school in Luton.

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I rise to present a petition in the same terms on behalf of 131 parents, carers, staff and governors of the exceptional Tanglewood Nursery School in Chelmsford, in God’s own county of Essex.

The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Tanglewood maintained nursery school in Chelmsford.

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I rise to present petitions in the same terms on behalf of two nursery schools in my constituency that are both doing a fantastic job in very difficult conditions: Lord Street Nursery School and Harrington Nursery School.

The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Harrington Nursery School, maintained nursery school in Derby City.

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The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Lord Street Community Nursery, maintained nursery school in Derby South.

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I rise to present a petition in the same terms from the excellent Grandpont Nursery School in Oxford.

The petition of the parents, carers, staff and governors of Grandpont, maintained nursery school in Oxford.

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