Today, the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) along with the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) and Early Education (EE) submitted joint letters to both Chancellor Rishi Sunak; and Vicky Ford, the Childcare and Early Years Minister in England, to again call for increased financial support and make sure that childcare and early years education is at the forefront of any further plans to support the UK as we steadily reopen.
Key measures of support called for include:
- Flexibility of the current extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) to allow staff to work part-time.
- Extension of the Self-employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) to October and adaptions made for many on low-incomes and currently unable to benefit from it.
- Ensuring continuity funding of early education entitlement from local authorities and an increase to the current level of fee paid so sustained underfunding of the early years is finally addressed.
- Establishing a Recovery and Transformation fund.
- Introducing a Government backed pandemic insurance scheme to protect those for whom business interruption cover is not available, or in the future is completely unaffordable.
- Grant funding support for unbudgeted increase of costs including cleaning and PPE costs for the early years, as it is currently available to small primary and some larger schools.
Read the full letters to Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Vicky Ford, the Childcare and Early Years Minister in England.