Funding figures have been released by the Department for Education showing that Birmingham nurseries will lose out to more affluent areas.
Changes to the Early Years Funding Formula are set to reduce early education funding in Birmingham by even more than initially proposed, driving providers of nursery education and childcare towards closure.
Final baseline funding allocations show that funding per head in Birmingham is set to drop by 5%. This is the biggest funding reduction in the country (the maximum funding reduction allowed under the proposals is 5%).
Cllr Brigid Jones, cabinet member for children, families and schools, said: “We are already struggling at current funding rates to provide nursery places to some of Britain’s most disadvantaged children. This cut will put them even further behind better-off peers in Windsor, Bristol and Reading, who are getting increases.
“The hardest thing to take is that there is money to help these kids, but the government is with-holding it from them to plough into free schools, grammars, and wealthier areas when all the evidence shows that early years is where you need to invest to close the inequality gap.”