In the government’s spending round today, the Chancellor, Sajid Javid has announced £66 million extra spending on education for early years as well as £700 million for SEND.
The Chancellor outlined that:
"The government will also increase early years spending by £66 million which will increase the hourly rate that is being paid in maintained nursery schools and other child care providers who deliver on the government’s free child care offer."
PACEY Chief Executive, Liz Bayram commented:
"With so many providers struggling with the low fees government pays them to deliver “free” early education places, the Chancellor’s announcement today of an additional £66m from next year is a start. However the sector needs more, it is crying out for a long term investment strategy that ensures providers can deliver the high-quality places children and families deserve without risking their childcare businesses’ future sustainability. This £66 million, alongside the additional £700 million for high need children and young people in the school settlement will help, however, PACEY’s focus remains on working with DfE and Treasury to ensure this acknowledgement that funding is too low is developed into sustained and full investment in the government’s early education strategy. Only then will we start to see the disadvantage too many children still experience begin to reduce."
Read our comments in Nursery World.