PACEY maintained close links with the minister after he replaced Elizabeth Truss in the role in 2014. Prior to the general election he met with PACEY members at a nursery setting in Portsmouth to hear what they believed to be the key issues and challenges facing the sector.
While in March this year, he hosted a reception at Lancaster House at which a number of key PACEY representatives were present.
Liz Bayram, Chief Executive of the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years, said:
"We congratulate Sam Gyimah on his reappointment as Childcare and Education Minister, and we look forward to working closely with him and his team.
"We will be pushing for greater recognition and status for all childcare professionals, who remain poorly rewarded for the vital work they do.
"Our members have enjoyed meeting the Minister on a number of occasions and have shared their views on improvements that need to be made in order to build a sustainable and effective workforce for the future.
"We are keen to continue the conversation and work with the Minister on developing a workforce development strategy – one that supports childcare professionals to improve their skills through professional development, and encourages them to do so through increased recognition, status, and financial reward."