Extra cash to help poorest children starting school

The Welsh Government's Early Years Pupil Development Grant is going up by nearly 17% from £600 per child to £700. It's paid to schools for each pupil in nursery and reception classes, who gets free school meals or is classed as a looked after child.

Education Secretary Kirsty Williams is making the announcement at the Welsh Liberal Democrat conference in Cardiff.

Pupil Development Grants were introduced in 2012 as part of a Budget deal between the Welsh Government and the Liberal Democrats. Today's announcement does not affect the higher rate paid to schools for each pupil from a disadvantaged background in years 1 to 11. That remains at £1,150.