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New shadow minister for early years confirmed

Jeremy Corbyn’s reshuffle has seen the appointment of a new shadow minister for early years education – Tulip Siddiq, pictured, right. Tulip, who is MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, will join a team headed up by Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner MP.

Liz Bayram, Chief Executive, Professional Association Childcare and Early Years comments:

“We look forward to engaging with Tulip. Her appointment comes at a crucial time for early years with the implementation of 30 hours free childcare on the horizon, and the sector facing a serious recruitment crisis. There are key priorities that need to be addressed and we hope that Tulip will be able to hold government to account, especially with the long awaited workforce strategy. 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.”

PACEY is currently conducting an annual survey of the early years sector. Building Blocks is the most comprehensive research of its kind carried out amongst individual practitioners. The results of the survey will form an in-depth report which will be published in Spring 2017 and will be shared with the shadow early years minister.

The survey is open to all childcare professionals working in England, from childminders to nannies to nursery and pre-school staff and covers professional development; qualifications and training; working conditions; finances and future plans. To ensure your voice is heard go to https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/buildingblocks2016.