Following today's re-shuffle PACEY sets out what it believes the early years priorities are for Theresa May and her newly appointed Education Secretary Justine Greening.
Liz Bayram, Chief Executive, Professional Association Childcare and Early Years comments:
“PACEY welcomes Theresa May as new Prime Minister and Justine Greening as Education Secretary. The early years sector is facing a critical time as it prepares to implement 30 hours of free childcare for eligible 3- and 4-year-olds in 2017 while also facing a serious recruitment crisis. We call on the new Government to deliver on its promises for early years, and hope to see immediate action on the national early years funding formula consultation, as well as other crucial details of the 30-hour offer.
“The long-awaited workforce development strategy also needs urgent government attention, because without it the recruitment crisis will worsen and high quality will not be maintained. We need a strategy that not just encourages new entrants into the sector but also inspires those already in the sector to develop their skills, progress their careers and start feeling confident about their futures again.
“Just today Ofsted launched a report which highlights the work that needs to be done in order to close the gap for disadvantaged children. It is vital that the early years does not get neglected in the wake of Brexit and new governmental priorities, and that all our children, including the most disadvantaged, get the best start they deserve amidst this uncertain future."
PACEY looks forward to confirmation of the full education department including Childcare and Education Minister, a position held since 2014 by Sam Gyimah MP.