Following the result of last week's referendum on Britain's future as part of the European Union, Liz Bayram has been reflecting on the implications of Brexit to the early years sector.
“This is a worrying time for the future of the UK, and the future of the early years. There is a very real possibility that the end of freedom of movement of people across the EU will provide additional challenge to a sector already struggling to recruit staff to provide high quality childcare to children and families. At a time when we need strong leadership to focus on delivering important areas of early years policy, it is a real concern that politicians and policy makers will be pulled into other priorities. We call on government to deliver on its promises for early years and to see immediate action on the much-anticipated workforce strategy, the early years funding consultation, and to continue the important work to deliver 30 hours of free early education to eligible families from next year. It is vital that the early years does not get neglected in the fallout from this historic decision, and that all our children, including the most disadvantaged, get the best start they deserve amidst this uncertain future.
At PACEY, we will continue to do all we can to champion the needs of our members, and to help support them in any way that we can. Our meetings with government and policy makers will continue over the coming weeks where we will have the opportunity to raise your concerns and press for action on the issues that we know are important to you. We are also stepping up on our efforts to support you to build sustainable businesses for the future and are working on a number of new products and initiatives which we are looking forward to announcing shortly."
Read Liz's full piece in today's Nursery World.