The Welsh Liberal Democrat AM for South Wales West, Peter Black has welcomed allocations of over £790,000 secured by the Welsh Liberal Democrats to support early years pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds throughout Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot, and Bridgend.
An all-Wales Early Years Pupil Premium of £4.6m was secured by the Welsh Lib Dems in their budget agreement with the Welsh Government last year. It provides £300 for every child from a disadvantaged background in a maintained early years education setting to help tackle the attainment gap between richer and poorer pupils which develops from an early age.
This investment builds on the £282m already secured for the Pupil Premium by the Welsh Lib Dems, which from next April will be worth £1,150 for every child receiving free school meals.
Mr Black said: “All the evidence shows that the well-documented gap in attainment between pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers begins at an early age.
That is why Welsh Lib Dems prioritised this investment in early years education in our budget talks – to make sure every child has a fair start in life and the same opportunity to get on.
“Swansea will get an extra £328,000, Neath Port Talbot an extra £242,000, and Bridgend an extra £221,400. Our Pupil Premium is already making a difference to the lives of children across South Wales West – we are seeing a narrowing of the attainment gap as more and more children are given that vital extra support.
“But if we want every child to have the very best chance in life, we need to make sure every child gets the care and attention they deserve when they are very young. The Welsh Liberal Democrats are standing up for our poorest pupils where Welsh Labour failed to do so.”
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Notes for Editors
Full allocations of the Early Years Pupil Deprivation Grant by local authority, regional consortium and provider are available at http://gov.wales/topics/educationandskills/schoolshome/deprivation/pdg-and-early-years-pdg/?lang=en