I was delighted to visit local nursery, Newsham Pre School. The Boaler Street day nursery is a voluntary community Pre School, funded by the Local Education Authority – providing early years education.
The nursery recently received a good report from Ofsted after many improvements over the last few years. I met staff and children at the school and was impressed with the undivided attention given to the children.
My visit to Newsham came just after the recent announcement that Labour will extend its commitment to providing free nursery places to children from the age of two, to ensure they are well prepared when they begin school. Up to £1billion will be invested; this is another example of the type of investment Labour is offering, as opposed to the savage cuts that would come from a Conservative government.
Labour has undertaken the biggest expansion in early years education since 1945; investing £25 billion since 1997. We cannot afford to put this at risk. I wholeheartedly support continued investment in Pre School education throughout Liverpool, which I believe is absolutely essential to give children the best possible start in life.