Responding to the announcement by Nick Clegg, deputy prime minister of £100m in capital funding for early education, our Policy Advisor Dr Sam Royston said:
'On the day of their birth, all children have the potential to flourish and achieve. Yet by the time they reach the school-gates at five, a big gap is already opening up between the life-chances of the poorest and the more affluent. The early years are a crucial opportunity to make sure the most disadvantaged children don't fall behind simply because of their background.
'It has been great to see the coalition recognising that investing in the early years makes sense through the creation and development of the disadvantaged two year offer. This additional capital commitment shows their commitment to ensuring this policy works on the ground.
'To be most effective it's vital that funds are really targeted at those in greatest need. The coalition have committed the cash, now they must make certain it reaches the families and young children who need it most, including making sure that two year olds in the lowest income working families are entitled to the support.'
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Notes to Editors
- The Children’s Society wants to create a society where children and young people are valued, respected and happy. We are committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including children in care and young runaways. We give a voice to disabled children, help young refugees to rebuild their lives and provide relief for young carers. Through our campaigns and research, we seek to influence policy and perceptions so that young people have a better chance in life.