Liz Bayram, PACEY's Chief Executive, has today spoken at a parliamentary inquiry into childcare for disabled children.
The inquiry has been launched by Robert Buckland MP and Pat Glass MP. The purpose of the inquiry is to:
- Assess the extent to which disabled children and their families face affordability, quality and access barriers to childcare.
- Identify good practice and examples of quality childcare provision that promotes the inclusion of disabled children and young people.
- Examine potential policy measures to address these barriers.
- Make recommendations as appropriate.
Liz, along with Diana Wills (pictured, right, outside Parliament), a former paediatrician and GP who now looks after children with special needs, spoke about PACEY's concerns and recommendations.
- Childcare professionals want to provide more support to disabled children but need more training and support to be confident to do so, to break down misconceptions.
- Parental partnership is key to ensuring parents have confidence in the quality of the setting for their disabled child - childminders are especially well suited to this.
- We need more evidence on the cost of childcare for disabled children; there is a contradiction as most providers are clear they carry the additional cost themselves.
PACEY's recommendations were formed in consultation with members who volunteered their experience of caring for children with complex needs.