The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, this week confirmed the three locations for his Early Years Hubs scheme, which aims to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds fulfil their potential.
He announced that the Hubs will be set up in Newham, Wandsworth & Merton and Barnet later this month as he reiterated his commitment to improving early years education across the capital. The Mayor is delivering on his pledge to improve access to high-quality, affordable early years education for the most disadvantaged families in London.
By the age of five, children eligible for free school meals are almost three months behind their peers in terms of their attainment at school. By bringing together schools, childminders and nurseries, the Hubs will help ensure more children are ready to thrive when they start school.
Early Years Hubs will also boost the take-up of early years education and childcare support entitlements, and enable more parents to seek work.
These organisations will work together over a three-year period, supporting quality early years practice and engaging with families to improve access for the most disadvantaged.
City Hall will provide funding of £175,000 for each Hub as well as a toolkit to share learning across the capital.