Giving our children the best start in life

In Government Nick and the Lib Dems are ensuring our children get the best start in life, regardless of their background.

In Government Nick is leading on delivering the flagship ‘Pupil Premium’ policy. The £2.5 billion package provides extra funding for millions of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. Teachers can use this money as they see fit, such as through smaller classes or catch-up lessons. Sheffield schools alone will see over £12m of extra funding in 2013/14. 

Liberal Democrats are helping parents with childcare by providing 15 hours of free childcare per week for all disadvantaged two-year-olds, as well as 15 hours per week for all three- and four-year-olds.

We are supporting children with Special Educational Needs with the biggest reforms in 30 years. These will give parents more control and stop them having to battle the system. Families will have a ‘personal budget’ that lets them choose the services that work for them,rather than relying on the options chosen for them by bureaucrats.

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