PACEY has joined forces with a number of leading organisations in the childcare and early years sector including Save the Children, Coram Family Childcare, the National Association of Headteachers, and Early Education to call on the Department for Education (DfE) to invest in high quality childcare and early education.
Despite the best efforts of early years providers, a lack of government investment in high-quality provision for all children is causing many of the most disadvantaged children to fall behind. The 30 hours funded early education and childcare policy is increasing pressure on early years providers, which risks driving down quality even further.
We are calling for:
- A focus on qualifications and professional development opportunities for early years practitioners.
- Investment into the early years, including the 30 hours childcare entitlement to ensure continued high-quality early education and childcare.
- Government to closely monitor the impacts on quality due to the 30 hours policy.
Together, we are urging the Government to make quality education and childcare a priority in the forthcoming Spending Review and ensure that all children get the best possible start in life.