Lucy Powell has been confirmed as the new Shadow Education Secretrary.
Powell has been an MP since winning a by-election in 2012.
She was a junior shadow education minister between October 2013 and November 2014, specialising in early years.
Liz Bayram, Chief Executive of the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years, said:
"We would like to congratulate Lucy on her appointment as Shadow Education Secretary in Labour’s new shadow cabinet. She was very supportive of childcare and early years in her previous time as a shadow education minister.
"We very much look forward to working with her and her team on a wide range of issues at this crucial time in early years education; not least in ensuring the planned expansion in free early years entitlement has sufficient funding and in joining us in our call for a comprehensive workforce strategy to help early years professionals develop throughout their careers."