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 !