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Fall in childcare places concerning

Following today’s new figures showing a 60,000 shortfall in the number of childcare places available under the government’s free entitlement offer for 2-year-olds, Liz Bayram, PACEY Chief Executive, comments, "PACEY is highly concerned at these latest figures showing the significant shortfall in the number of childcare places available under the current free entitlement offer for 2-year-olds. It is especially worrying that two thirds of councils do not have enough quality childcare places for disadvantaged 2-year-olds, as we know that high quality childcare provision is one of the most effective ways to give children from disadvantaged backgrounds a positive start in life. We know that there are existing difficulties in helping childcare professionals – especially childminders – to receive the appropriate funding support to deliver the free entitlement. We await plans on how the government intends to address the current shortfall in high quality childcare provision for 2-year-olds so that all children and families can access the high quality support they deserve."