Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was in the constituency again yesterday to support candidate Vikki Slade and to highlight the party’s key education policies on a visit to Tops Day Nursery, Blandford Road.
The Liberal Democrats are the only party to commit to protect the education budget from nursery to 19 – including early years, schools and 16-19 education.
Nick and Vikki discussed the Lib Manifesto plan to provide an additional £2.5bn of funding for 2-19yr-olds by 2020; protecting per pupil education spending in real terms over the next Parliament and increasing the education budget as a whole.
They also highlighted the ambitious goal of 20 hours of free childcare a week for all two to four-year olds and all children of working parents from nine months.
Nick was also keen to discuss the Early Years Pupil Premium, which the Lib Dems announced in May 2014. The Early Years Pupil Premium will be worth an additional £300 for nurseries from April 2015 for every disadvantaged child. And as part of our manifesto, the Lib Dems want to be even more ambitious, by increasing the Early Years Pupil Premium to £1000 for every disadvantaged child. This will mean a huge amount of extra support for the children who need it most.
Vikki said: “I am really proud of our policies and achievements on education issues, and it was a fantastic opportunity to have Nick here to discuss our manifesto plans and to meet the children, who were an absolute delight. We had a great (and very messy!) time making playdough and touring the nursery and it was wonderful to have Nick’s support here again.”