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Paul Burstow hails “victory for social mobility” as 400 two-year olds get free early years education in Sutton

May 30, 2012 3:27 PM

Paul Burstow has declared a "victory for social mobility" as Lib Dems in Government announce a shake-up of free early years education. In Sutton, 400 two-year-old children from disadvantaged backgrounds will now receive free early years education from next year.

This is in addition to all three and four-year-old children in Sutton, who are already eligible to receive 15 hours of free early years education per week.

Commenting, MP for Sutton and Cheam Paul Burstow said:

"This is great news for two-year-olds and their families in our area, and a real victory for social mobility. Early years education gives a great boost to children, helping them prepare for school It's also a huge help to parents who may be struggling to juggle work commitments with having young children.

"Liberal Democrats have been ensuring that one of the Coalition Government's main priorities is closing the attainment gap between the children of the richest and the poorest. Children should have the chance they deserve regardless of how wealthy their parents are."