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Wait for ministers' childcare responsibilities announcement

Following Elizabeth Truss’s appointment as Environment Secretary, the Government are still yet to announce which of the new ministers in the Department of Education will have responsibilities for childcare and early years policy. In the recent reshuffle Nicky Morgan has replaced Michael Gove as Education Secretary, Nick Gibb has been reappointed as Minister of State following his departure in 2012, and Sam Gyimah, an MP without previous ministerial responsibility, has been directly appointed to Elizabeth Truss’s position as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State.

Although Sam Gyimah has announced he has responsibilities for childcare and the early years, it is still unclear whether the other education ministers will also have a childcare brief. PACEY will provide an update through PACEY Local, Facebook and Twitter as soon as the formal ministerial portfolios are released.

Speaking on this issue, Victoria Flint, Head of Communications at PACEY comments:

‘We urge the government to provide clarification on which minister or ministers will take lead responsibility for childcare and early years policy ahead of the 2015 election. The government faces a challenging year ahead in setting out how it will ensure that all families have access to flexible, affordable and high quality childcare, and also ensuring a robust workforce programme is in place that drives quality across all settings. During such a critical time for the sector, it is important that we have clear leadership and commitment from government.

‘We await further announcements regarding the ministerial team and look forward to exploring ideas for supporting greater recognition of the fantastic skills, efforts and expertise of childcare professionals, who work every day to give the youngest in society the very best start in life.’

Victoria’s comments were today featured in a Children & Young People Now article.

18/07/2014 - edited 21/07/2014