I WAS delighted to learn that schools across Wirral are set to receive a cash boost of £4.3million.
I had asked for the likely impact on schools in Wirral after the government announced an increase of £300 per pupil, under the 'Pupil Premium'.
It’s great that every single school in Wirral will see extra cash in their budget next year. And, because the Pupil Premium goes direct to schools, every penny will be used to make sure no child is left behind.
We know that the early years are really important and that, if children are not reaching their full potential by the time they leave primary school, it's difficult to catch up by the time GCSEs come round.
That is why this government has already increased the entitlement to free early education and care for three and four-year-olds from 12.5 hours a week to 15 hours a week and given parents more flexibility over how they can claim this entitlement.
Added to that, from 2014 we will be extending entitlement to 260,000 of the most disadvantaged two-year-olds so they too can have 15 hours a week of early education and care.
As we come to terms with the harsh realities of Labour's years of waste and profligacy, the government, as well as each and everyone of us, has to cope with and adjust to getting ourselves out of debt.
That is why I am pleased that despite difficult financial times; this government has chosen childcare and early learning as a funding priority.