Consultation on the Federation of Borough Road Nursery School and George Dent Nursery School

The governing bodies of Borough Road Nursery School and George Dent Nursery School are consulting parents, staff, the local community and other stakeholders on a proposal to formally change how the two Nursery Schools are governed and led.

Why?

The government has changing the way early years education, for all 3 & 4 year old children, is funded. A universal rate for all early years children was implemented in April 2017. The government have provided temporary additional supplementary funding for maintained nursery schools. The additional supplementary funding will support transition to the universal rate. This presents a financial challenge to the two Darlington maintained nursery schools.

What is a Maintained Nursery School?

Maintained nursery schools are local authority funded schools. They have a head teacher and must be staffed with qualified teachers. They provide high quality education to children under 5.

Borough Road Nursery School and George Dent Nursery School are the only two Local Authority maintained Nursery Schools in Darlington and have a long history of offering high quality nursery education. Both schools are extremely well regarded by parents, the local community and the local authority.

What is being proposed?

The Governing Bodies of Borough Road Nursery School and George Dent Nursery School are consulting parents, staff and the local community on a proposal to change how these two Nursery Schools are led and managed.

The proposal is to Federate the two Darlington Nursery Schools from 1st November 2017 and the Governors of both schools would welcome your views. This consultation document explains what Federation would mean and how you can make your views known. Please follow the link to read more and respond to the proposal.