Don Foster MP

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600 two-year olds to get free early years education in B&NES

Liberal Democrat Children and Families Minister, Sarah Teather has announced details of funding which will mean two-year-olds are eligible for free early years education from September 2014.

Under the proposed criteria, 600 two-year-old children from the most hard pressed families in Bath & North East Somerset would be able to receive free early years education.

This is in addition to all three and four-year-old children in B&NES who are already eligible to receive 15 hours of free early years education per week.

Commenting, Don Foster, MP for Bath said:

“This is great news for parents and toddlers in Bath and the surrounding area. Early years education, through play and stories, helps young children prepare for school.

“It’s also a huge help to parents who may be struggling to juggle work commitments and having young children.

“Thanks to Liberal Democrats, one of the Coalition Government’s main priorities is to close the attainment gap between the poorest children and their more well-off peers.

“By making early years education freely available to the least well-off families and giving additional money to schools whose pupils are eligible for Free School Meals through the Pupil Premium we are ensuring we give our children the best start in life in a way that Labour never did.”

Councillor Nathan Hartley (Liberal Democrat, Peasedown), B&NES Cabinet Member for Early Years, Children and Youth added:

“I welcome the decision to increase the number of 2 year olds entitled to the free Early Years Entitlement.

Here in Bath and North East Somerset, this extra funding will make a big difference to so many people. For the children, this will give them a greater chance of success later on in life. For the parents, this will enable them to get back into work if they chose to.

I’m very grateful to the Liberal Democrat MPs who have lobbied on this, and are in government making free early years education a reality.”

Commenting further, Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg said:

“A decent early education can make a huge difference to the start of a child’s progress, unlocking their potential to help them follow their ambitions.

“All children should have a fair chance to get on in life, which is why we’re extending free childcare to two-in-five two-year-olds. The consultation is about making sure we get that right.”

Don attends Moorland Road surgery with Cllrs Dave Dixon and Will Sandry

July 9, 2023 by Don Foster MP in Don in Bath, News

On Sturday 7th July, Don joined Oldfield Councillors Will Sandry and Dave Dixon for their monthly surgery on Moorland Road. They focused their surgery on the independent businesses and other key facilities which help keep Moorland Road amazing!

Will and David were pleased to be able to show Don the newly resurfaced pavements with the set back kerb (which makes the double kerb easier for those in our community with poor mobility) and of course the works underway to the zebra crossing at Livingstone Road which is due for completion within the next few weeks.

Don Foster with the always friendly team at Panaha.

Don also called at the Moorland Road Libary, Park Pets, Polski Sklep, The Cobblers, Hippieshake, The Bath Bakery, Stokes, Francis DIY, Velo Lounge, and our newest shop Nada Mart on Third Avenue – which sells Mediterranean and North African foods.

Don said: “The range of shops and services available on Moorland Road is amazing. It was wonderful to see the strength of the local community’s ongoing support for Moorland Road and its independent businesses”

Patron Don attends First Steps Bath summer fayre and open day

July 7, 2023 by Don Foster MP in Don in Bath, News.

First Steps (Bath) opened its doors at their First Steps Twerton and Moorlands Children’s Centres on Saturday 30th June for a summer fayre and open day with a turn-out of over 320 people.

Don Foster M.P joined in the activities at Moorlands Children’s Centre in the role of Patron to First Steps (Bath).

The open day was designed to show everyone the facilities at the children’s centres and to provide the opportunity to meet the staff and local agencies.

Those who attended on the day were greeted with balloons, party bubbles, face painting, games and stalls (including a very popular cake stall at Moorlands Children’s Centre) and even a cooking demonstration by the City of Bath College at our Twerton Children’s Centre.

Helena Thompson, Director commented that “After lots of planning and hopes for good weather it was fantastic to welcome so many visitors. The day was a huge triumph and we would like to say a big thank you to our staff and partner agencies for helping, and to all those who donated raffle prizes!”