Lucy Hurds visited Holmer preschool with Lord Jones to discuss the changes to early years education and funding and to meet the children.
Nurseries, childminders and other early years providers in Herefordshire are set for a £88,512 cash injection to help three and four-year-olds from disadvantaged families. Children from low income families have often fallen behind more well-off classmates before they even start school.
However, from April 2015, the Early Years Pupil Premium which has been backed by groups like Barnados, 4Children and the Child Poverty Action Group will mean extra money to make sure every child gets a fair start.
Lib Dem parliamentary candidate Lucy Hurds said "By investing £88,512 in Herefordshire to help the most disadvantaged three and four-year-olds, Liberal Democrats are ensuring that children are getting the best possible start in life. All the evidence shows that helping children as early as possible is key to making sure they do not fall behind. That is why this announcement is fantastic news for children".
Nurseries and schools will be free to choose how to spend the money, which is part of a £50m Government pot. It comes on top of Lib Dem-led changes in Government to help families, which include Shared Parental Leave, Tax Free Childcare, Free School Meals and a Pupil Premium for school age children.
Lucy Hurds added "As with every new initiative, I like to find out how these changes will work in practice. I was delighted to visit Holmer preschool, with Lord Jones of Cheltenham during his recent visit to Hereford, to discuss the changes to funding and to meet the children”.