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Schools to link up with nurseries to improve standards

More than 60 teaching schools across the country will partner up with local nurseries in an effort to improve the quality of early years education for young children.

Funded through £5m of government money, the new scheme will enable local nurseries to work with early years teachers and school leaders to increase the quality of early years education in their area. 

Teaching schools are Ofsted-rated outstanding schools that have been awarded additional funding and status to offer and facilitate training and improvement support in their area for new and experienced school staff.

Minister for childcare Sam Gyimah launched the scheme at St Pauls Nursery School in Bristol, which will receive £60,000 funding to develop programmes with local nurseries.

He said: “We know the first few years of a child’s life can be make or break in terms of how well they go on to do at school and beyond – and the sharing of expertise and best practice is vital to driving innovation and raising standards.

“This is a fantastic example of local schools, nurseries and private providers pulling together to improve the fantastic services on offer to families, helping their children to thrive.”