1,446 Islington children aged 3 to 4 would benefit from Liberal Democrat plans to triple funding for the early years pupil premium, which gives extra cash to nurseries, preschools and school receptions when they take on children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The cash would triple the funding to £1,000 per pupil per year - up from £302 in 2015-16. This forms part of a wider Lib Dem package to boost funding for education by £7bn a year.
This will increase the allocation for local authorities in the Islington from around £416,500 to £1,250,000 and will pay for every disadvantaged child who benefits to receive 570 hours per year of state-funded early education.
Alain Desmier, Liberal Democrat candidate for Islington South and Finsbury and Chair of Governors at Montem Primary School in Islington said:
“We will give children in Islington a brighter future, by investing in those from more deprived backgrounds to give them the best possible chance in life.
“This forms part of a package to build a fairer Britain and ensure no child or young person is left behind.
Keith Angus, Liberal Democrat candidate for Islington North and Governor at Highbury Fields School for the past ten years said:
“The Liberal Democrats will provide a strong opposition to this Conservative government and stand up against cuts to our schools, here in Islington.
"Our schools need this essential funding to protect education services for all children and young people."
This additional funding for the early years pupil premium forms part of a series of policies the Liberal Democrats are announcing ahead of launching their manifesto, with a focus on giving children and young people a brighter future.
- Helping people buy their first home for the same cost as renting, with a new model of ‘Rent to Own’ homes
- Restoring housing benefit for young people
- Creating a discounted bus pass for 16-21 year olds, giving a 66% discount
- Introducing votes at 16 for elections and referendums across the UK
- Doubling the number of businesses that take apprenticeships
- Extending free school meals to all primary school students