EASTBOURNE MP Caroline Ansell has welcomed government announcements to help boost education.

This is part of her post: “There was much coverage about the Queen’s Speech this week but I would like to concentrate on some aspects of the government’s upcoming legislative programme that didn’t get quite so much media exposure. 

I was really pleased to see the government commit to improve early years learning and that every child has the best start in life and can fulfil their potential. Education is the best way out of poverty and the better the quality of that education from the earliest possible time, the better. 

Ministers will now look to bring forward a manifesto commitment to roll out Family Hubs to bring services together. 

Other measures include: developing a skilled workforce to meet the changing needs of families with babies and new ways to support, train and retain skilled professionals. Encouraging councils to publish a clear Start for Life offer for parents and carers. And implementing policies to improve child health including a childhood obesity plan, transformation of children’s mental health and maternity services. 

Importantly, as we move out of the pandemic, there will be further measures to ensure no child is left behind as a result of the education and extracurricular activities they may have missed out on. 

Funding is certainly an issue in early years provision and I will be making that point to ministers as more detail is released. However, this is good news. 

I was also pleased to see the government commit to a Skills and Post-16 Education Bill to introduce a new “flexible loan” lifetime system that will allow everyone the chance to access new training. More powers to intervene with failing sixth form colleges are also welcome.”