SCHOOLS in Hartlepool are to get a cash boost to improve early years education.
The town is one of four North East areas which will share a £300,000 Government boost as part of a new initiative aimed at giving children the best start.
Schools with specialist teaching status, in Hartlepool this will be St John Vianney RC Primary School, will be awarded the money to partner up with nurseries to drive up standards and share best practice.
Under the scheme it is hoped all partners will be able to learn from each other in order to provide better early education and care for children and families, and support effective transitions from nursery into primary school.
The North East’s funding, which Hartlepool will share with Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Darlington, is part of a £5m nationwide package to help nurseries and local schools work together in the early years, deliver excellent care, and get children ready for school.
Evidence shows children from less advantaged backgrounds can start school with skills 19 months behind their peers, but good quality early years education can reduce this gap and have a significant benefit in terms of a child’s development.
Youngsters who benefit from good quality early years can go on to earn more money compared to those who don’t and are also likely to do better at school – the equivalent of seven GCSEs at grade B compared to grade.
Sam Gyimah, Minister for Childcare, said: “I’m delighted children in the North East are set to benefit from this innovative scheme, which will help to ensure they receive the very best early years education.
“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.”
Teaching Schools are outstanding schools that have been awarded additional funding to offer and facilitate training and improvement support in their community for other school staff. The new scheme will allow nurseries to work with the very best teachers and school leaders.