Responding to the publication of the CentreForum
report on the free early education offer not being
enough to boost children’s chances, Victoria Flint, Head of
Communications at PACEY, comments:
"The CentreForum is right to call on the
government to focus on quality improvement in early years sector,
as we know that high quality childcare is vital to improving
social, emotional and educational outcomes for children – and
particularly for those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Ensuring
that all childcare settings receive improved support to invest in
training and quality improvement for their staff is a key priority
to help achieve this.
"CentreForum’s proposals to increase the free
early years education entitlement are welcome. However, under the
current free entitlement framework we know that many childminders
have difficulty in accessing the appropriate funding support to
deliver the free entitlement allowance. These existing funding
challenges need to be addressed if any expansion is to succeed. It
will also be important to ensure that all families eligible for any
expansion in free entitlement are aware of the full range of
childcare settings that are available to them.
"It is encouraging to see CentreForum’s recognition of the
critical role that childcare professionals play in supporting
parents to create positive learning environments for children.
PACEY echoes the call for a more consistent, joined-up approach to
family and childcare policy and this will be vital in improving
outcomes for children and families."