Around 900 children in Essex could miss out on a state-funded nursery place due to a national shortage.

This September, two-year-olds from the lowest 40 per cent of disadvantaged families will be eligible for a free nursery place.

In Essex, this means an additional 5,300 children will be completing for nursery spaces.

Michael Freeston, of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, said that the situation in Essex reflects a wider problem, where many authorities will have “difficulty in finding spaces in good or outstanding settings”.

Essex County Council cabinet member for education and lifelong learning, Ray Gooding, said the authority was “working hard” to provide nursery places where they are needed most.

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