The Department for Education has announced that Nick Gibb MP, the current minister for schools and standards will be taking on early education policy and childcare. He will be in charge of policy relating to childcare funding, support for the early years' workforce, as well as the early years' curriculum education entitlements.
This follows on from the appointment of Michelle Donelan as Minister of Children and Families who has taken on the role from Kemi Badenoch.
PACEY Chief Executive, Liz Bayram commented:
“We are looking forward to working with the Minister of State for School Standards, Nick Gibb, as he takes on policy for early education and childcare as part of his extended Ministerial brief. His portfolio includes all the critical issues facing early years settings at this time – underfunding, the lack of an early years workforce strategy helping the sector recruit and retain the qualified practitioners it needs to deliver high quality work and proposed changes to the EYFS that risk narrowing the rounded curriculum that our youngest children currently enjoy. We hope that, by working in partnership with the sector, Mr Gibb can urgently address these challenges and build on the unique contribution early education make to children to receive the best start in life.”
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