We are sending letters on behalf of our members, calling on all political parties to make four pledges to support young children and their families if they form governments in England or Wales.
The relevant letters can be found below
Wales Letter (English)
Wales Letter (Welsh)
Read the full story over on Nursery World and check out our blog for more information.
The four pledges are:
- Provide sustainable funding for funded childcare and early education places, so the extension to 30 hours can be delivered to all working families who need it.
- Put quality at the heart of all childcare and early years policy and funding decisions, so all children receive the high quality early learning that gives them a strong foundation for the future.
- Deliver a childcare and early years workforce strategy in partnership with the childcare and early years sector which removes the key barriers to career progression and ensures practitioners are fairly rewarded for the vital role they play.
- Promote childcare, especially childminding, as a valued and viable career option to encourage more people to join the profession and dissuade fewer to leave; in doing so grow capacity so families have more choice around the childcare they want for their children.
We aim to ensure that all young children have access to and experience high quality early education and childcare.