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'It is vital that we intervene at the earliest possible stage and do all we can to help young children develop and learn.Childcare and Education Minister Sam Gyimah said:
'I’m so proud that we’ve been able to deliver this early years pupil premium so that toddlers from the poorest families get the support they need, which will pay dividends later in life.
'In my view, this will be one of the great legacies of this government, helping create a fairer society which benefits families up and down the country.'
'Ensuring parents have access to affordable, flexible and high-quality early years provision is a key part of our plan for education.Nurseries will have the freedom to decide how to use the early years pupil premium to help 3- and 4-year-old children learn and develop, for example more qualified staff or specialists in activities like speech and language to give an extra focus on basic skills.
'We know the first few years of a child’s life can be make or break in terms of how well they go on to do at school and beyond.
'We want to see this money being put to the best use to ensure that all children, whatever their background, are getting the best start in life.'
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