A recent cabinet reshuffle has led to a number of ministerial changes at the Department for Education (DfE). The previous holder of the childcare and early years brief, Robert Goodwill MP, has left the Government after just than six months. Nadhim Zahawi, MP for Stratford-on Avon, has been brought into the DfE as a junior education minister. He has confirmed on social media that he will be taking on responsibility for early years, as well as social work.
Susanna Kalitowski, policy manager at PACEY comments: “The early years sector has been in a state of flux with four different childcare ministers in the past eighteen months, we hope the new appointment of Nadhim Zahawi will bring some much needed stability. Childcare businesses are under immense pressure. Childminder numbers continue to fall, and a lack of sustainable funding remains the single biggest burden on the sector. Increasing costs and poor funding levels for ‘free’ places are really taking their toll. We will be meeting with the minister at his earliest convenience to discuss the issues our members are facing and work towards a brighter future for all early years professionals.”