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Maintained Nursery schools,their future in the education system.

Discussion in 'Governors' started by curlyk, Aug 3, 2016.

  1. curlyk

    curlyk New commenter

    Ok ,I know there are relatively few Governors on this forum serving on the governing bodies of maintained Nursery schools and probably this thread is not of interest to many educationalists on this forum, but I would appreciate any input re the issue of where Nursery Schools go from here ?. I have been a Governor for a federation of two Nursery schools for just a year. Boy ,do these schools do a good job .But ,not being able to become an academy, as we do not have any children of `school age` ,means we have a very insecure future. The funding cuts, the increase to 30 hours of funded provision next year ,the rise of private childcare facilities ,the lack of interest in early years education from the current Government ,the general lack of understanding of the difference a Nursery School can make to a disadvantaged child`s life chances ,may mean the demise of one of the crowning glories of our once highly rated education system.Most of the 450 or so Nursery Schools in this country,often based in the most underprivileged of areas,are rated as Good or Outstanding.660 plus of these schools existed when I first went into Secondary school teaching in the early 1980s. We all know that early years education matters. Recent reports of children arriving in reception classes barely able to string a sentence together ,unable to physically hold a pencil, arriving with dummies in their mouths ,incapable of sitting and listening for more than a minute, is a shout out to us all. If we don`t get it right from the very start it can take years ,if not longer ,for some of our children to catch up.Their life chances will have been lost all too soon . Some of the private `childcare`, not `education` ,being provided with national funding is not up to scratch.Nursery Schools are more expensive to run because the Head and Deputies have to be qualified graduates in early years education,so current policy is to approve the set up of cheap and cheerful childcare facilities and run down Nursery Schools., Have any Governors of maintained nursery schools out there come up with a feasible plan for the survival of your school in the foreseeable future.Are you federating,? becoming part of a primary school, joining some form of MAT.? Help !
     
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  2. curlyk

    curlyk New commenter

    No one out there ? Nursery schools dead in the water ? Private childcare our only option for the future with the current government .?
     
  3. Leapyearbaby64

    Leapyearbaby64 New commenter

    Hello, I'm a governor of a maintained nursery school. I see you are in a federation. Why did the federation happen? Our HT is due to retire shortly and we are discussing whether to recruit a new HT or federate with another local school and have an exec HT.
     
  4. curlyk

    curlyk New commenter

    Hi. we had two maintained Nursery Schools in the town, With the Children's centres and services being commissioned away from these Nurseres in 2013 by our County Council ,the consequent loss of services and finances meant that an agreement/soft association and then a hard federation in 2014 , made sense. We now have an executive head and the schools share staff,training ,resources ,one Governing body etc.We also provide training to teachers in other Nursery settings in the area. Good luck with the creation of a strong Federation. The new executive head will need to be incredibly dynamic,energetic and diplomatic. We were and are very lucky with our choice. Creating a Federation takes a lot of hard work and good will on all sides . Our next big challenge will come from the threatened funding cuts,increasing numbers of SEND children but reduced fundng provided for them , 30 hour provision and a fear that the Government would prefer to see pre school education taking place in cheaper ,private settings ,with no need for highly qualified,Early Years specialists. Could be the end of a long and immensely successful part of our state education system.if we do n't fight hard enough to save it. .
     
  5. Leapyearbaby64

    Leapyearbaby64 New commenter

    Did you recruit the EH or was the person already HT of one of the schools? Did you at replacing the HT? Or promoting from current staff?
     
  6. curlyk

    curlyk New commenter

    One Head was retiring and the other one had been Head for a couple of years and had maintained the school `s standard as `outstanding`,so she was promoted to EH. Being an EH is a very demanding job but she was very well qualified to take it on and has done brilliantly well so far.Just a shame that Maintained Nursery schools are facing such a shaky and poorly funded future under this Government.Even Gove and Morgan have come out recently in support of the value and importance of Early Years education.
     

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