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I visited Brightsparks Nursery in Crawcrook last weekend, and was delighted to see all the fantastic work staff there are doing to make it an “Outstanding” rated Nursery.

Unfortunately, maintaining this standard is now going to be very difficult. The Government’s new funding regime has created a major shortfall for many nurseries -Brightsparks included- and staff are very worried about making ends meet.

I am therefore going to be doing what I can to put pressure on the Government to reconsider this appalling decision.

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Today I asked the Minister for Children, Young People and Families how nurseries are supposed to remain open when facing such a shortfall under the new funding regime.

After staff at the nursery had told me how difficult they were finding it to make ends meet, I was determined press the Minister on this.

I hope the Minister will now take a thorough look at the costings of the new funding.