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:
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
“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.”