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Warning over nursery funding.

Warning over nursery funding.

Ministers must protect funding for state-run nurseries in England or risk seeing schools close, Conservative MPs have warned.

Children with disabilities and special educational needs would be among those most affected, they said.

The schools will lose almost £60m a year from 2020 unless action is taken.

The Department for Education said the nurseries made a valuable contribution but funding decisions would be made at the Spending Review.

Education select committee chairman Robert Halfon told the Today programme Treasury "bean-counters" would store up huge problems if the schools were not protected.

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