Early years education is to benefit from an extra £5 million of government funding to encourage partnerships between nurseries and teaching schools.
More than 60 teaching schools are to be involved in the initiative, which will enable partners to share knowledge and information with each other. This will help to provide better early years education and support effective transitions from nursery into primary school.
Evidence shows that early years education has a significant impact on later life. If delivered to a high standard, it can substantially reduce the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their better-off counterparts.
The effect can extend to salaries in later life, with those who benefit from good-quality early years education going on to earn around £27,000 more during their career compared to those who do not.
Systems based on the sharing of expertise are the best way of driving up standards in the sector, according to the government.
Posted by Charlotte Michaels