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All Party Parliamentary Group on Nursery Schools, Nursery and Reception Classes

Early Education provides the Secretariat to the APPG on nursery schools, nursery and reception classes

You can also follow @APPG_Nursery on Twitter for updates.


Chair: Lucy Powell MP
Vice-Chair: William Wragg MP
Secretary: Jack Dromey MP
Treasurer: Steve Brine MP

Latest news and campaign updates

June 2020

​February 2020

January 2020

October 2019

September 2019

June 2019:

18 April 2019: Latest campaign resources:

11 March 2019: mass lobby of MPs and march on Downing Street: press coverage from the BBC,  The GuardianThe Independent, TES, Nursery World

31 January 2019: Watch the Backbench Business Committee debate on maintained nursery schools.  Download our briefing on the national funding position and the House of Commons Library briefing.

26 November 2018: support our campaign by starting a petition: download the model Petition and instructions to find out how to co-ordinate your petition with us at national level.

19 October 2018: Read our pre-budget briefing for MPs and a report out today from seven Yorkshire and Lincolnshire maintained nursery schools on the "hidden benefits" of maintained nursery schools.

21 September 2018: A letter to Nadhim Zahawi and Liz Truss about funding for maintained nursery schools has been signed by a cross party group of 75 MPs - read the letter, read coverage in the Observer and the Independent and the response from Nadhim Zahawi.

Forthcoming meetings

Provisional date for next APPG meeting: 4pm on Monday 2 March 2020

Please note for the diary that we are hoping to hold the next meeting of the APPG on Monday 2 March at 4pm.  This will be confirmed once speaker availability is known, and we will then send out details of how to book.

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Papers from past meetings

March and Rally, joint with NAHT, 11 March 2019

Papers from the meeting on Wednesday 21 November 2018

Papers from the meeting on Wednesday 4 July 2018

Papers from the meeting on Tuesday 24 April 2018

Papers from the meeting on 16 January 2018

Papers from the meeting on Tuesday 10 October 2017

Papers from previous APPG meetings

Additional resources

The unique and added value of Birmingham's maintained nursery schools, May 2019

A report from seven Yorkshire and Lincolnshire maintained nursery schools on the "hidden benefits" of maintained nursery schools.

Hidden Value: A report exploring the role and future of maintained nursery schools in London, London Councils, September 2018

State of the nation 2016: social mobility in Great Britain - report of the Social Mobility Commission, including commentary on the value of maintained nursery schools in supporting social mobility

Government plans will reallocate nursery funding from poorer to richer children – and no one seems to notice - blog by Kitty Stewart and Ludovica Gambaro

Maintained Nursery Schools: the State of Play was launched in March 2015 at a parliamentary reception hosted by Graham Stuart MP and supported by MPs of all parties.  Read more.