Ludovica Gambaro

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    Government plans will reallocate nursery funding from poorer to richer children – and no one seems to notice

Government plans will reallocate nursery funding from poorer to richer children – and no one seems to notice

The government’s grammar schools plans have been covered widely. In contrast, plans to change the funding system for nurseries and pre-schools have received little attention. But these reforms actually pose a greater threat to social mobility than proposals to expand grammar schools, argue Kitty Stewart and Ludovica Gambaro.

Social mobility has been in the news in recent weeks. Announcing government […]

Deregulating ratios without improving qualifications first is a recipe for a more chaotic and less nurturing environment for young children

Ludovica Gambaro and Kitty Stewart argue that the plans for allowing childcare staff to mind more children than currently allowed has merit, although there are significant problems. Their work suggests that there may indeed be potential gains in allowing ratios to rise if this allows for a more highly qualified workforce. However, the proposed qualification level is too low and relaxing ratios will not automatically […]