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NEWS: New government announced

Election results show that the Conservatives have won the latest general election, with the party acquiring 364 seats. The Minister of State for School Standards with responsibility for the early years portfolio, Nick Gibb MP, has been re-elected MP for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton.

PACEY comments about the new commitments to childcare and the need to create a more sustainable strategy for future funding.

PACEY Chief Executive Liz Bayram comments:

"We welcome the new Westminster government and their commitment to create more affordable childcare including before and after school. Registered childminders are uniquely placed to provide high quality out of school care. Key to this and current early education commitments will be the development of a comprehensive and sustainable funding strategy.

Too many childminders, nurseries and pre-schools are at breaking point because the current funding for government-subsidised early education is not enough to cover the cost of delivering the high quality experience all children, especially our most disadvantaged, deserve. This should all be backed up with a strategy that ensures practitioners are better valued and rewarded, and families better informed why early education is so important and the types of support available to them."