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Government announce Shared Parental Leave Proposals

The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has announced plans to introducing a year of shared leave for new parents by April 2015.

You can read more about this story in the BBC report, here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-25148457

 

Responding to this announcement, Liz Bayram, Chief Executive of PACEY, said:

“The Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) welcomes the government’s commitment to providing families with additional flexibility for parental leave.

“But we must remember that this commitment alone will not solve the difficult problems for many families across the country, especially those living in disadvantage or within a single-parent household. This is why it is vital that government also commits to providing improved support for childcare professionals to make sure that families have access to high quality, flexible, affordable care when they go back to work.  

“Whilst it is positive news that parents will have additional opportunity to spend more time with their children, childcare professionals will continue to make a key contribution to giving children the best start in life, if parents return to work. Thousands of families across the country do and will continue to rely on the expert care provided by high quality childminder, nannies and nursery workers..

“At the moment we’re seeing more and more evidence that inconsistencies within government proposals are preventing families from accessing high quality, affordable childcare. This reinforces the critical need for a more joined-up approach from government to ensure that all disadvantaged families have proper access to support.”