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New minister of state for children and families confirmed

The childcare and early years minister has been officially announced by the Department for Education (DfE) as Robert Goodwill after Caroline Dineage moved into her new position at the Department for Work and Pensions a few weeks ago. Robert Goodwill, MP for Scarborough and Whitby, will officially take on the role as minister of state for children and families. 

Liz Bayram, Chief Executive of PACEY, welcomed the news Robert Goodwill will take on responsibility for childcare and early years at DfE.

“PACEY is looking forward to working with Robert Goodwill not only to ensure sustainability issues around the delivery of funded early education are urgently addressed but also that the previous government’s commitment to a workforce development strategy for early years is fulfilled.

“Given he will have a much wider Ministerial remit than his predecessor, PACEY is keen to ensure early years continues to receive the focus and priority it deserves. The early years are critical to ensuring children, especially the most disadvantaged, receive the best start in life. PACEY is keen to work with Mr Goodwill to overcome the remaining challenges we face as a sector so we can be assured we have the sustainable, high quality childcare and early education that children and families deserve.”

PACEY will be meeting with Robert Goodwill in the near future to discuss PACEY's top five priorities:

  • Sustainable long-term funding for all funded places, including 30 hours
  • Removal of all red tape and barriers to funding for related children
  • Clearer pathway for early years teachers and practitioners to achieve qualified teacher status
  • A workforce strategy that ensures everyone working in early years can progress their career
  • Greater recognition and reward for the fantastic work early years practitioners do every day.

Department for Education have also confirmed its ministerial team's portfolio.

Update: Robert Goodwill has released a letter to all early years providers.