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NEWS: Access to early education is unfair, according to new research by The Sutton Trust

Today a major piece of research was published by the Sutton Trust outlining that access to early education in England is currently unfair with the poorest families missing out.

The report shows that most of the poorest families in England are ‘locked out’ of the 30 hours of funded provision entitlement offered to children aged three to four, because parents do not earn enough to be eligible.

The Sutton Trust is calling for equal access to early education and childcare for all families, by making the 30 hour entitlement universally available to three and four year olds.

The report also outlines the need for increased funding for the most disadvantaged families through increasing the Early Years Pupil Premium in England. It also calls for improved funding to ensure the workforce receives better pay, staff conditions and training opportunities. 

Read their report in full here

Liz Bayram, Chief Executive at PACEY comments:

“We are proud to support The Sutton Trust’s campaign calling for improved access to early education to secure positive outcomes for all children, particularly the very poorest.  Universal early education and childcare provision will be critical in closing the inequalities gap that too many children experience and that has worsened during the pandemic.

"Childminders, nurseries and pre-schools play a critical role supporting not only children’s education but their wellbeing too. They are also a vital support for their families. The pandemic has exposed the challenges the sector already faced and this research again shows Government that focused investment and a long-term strategy for the sector is needed. Central to this is re-designing how funded early education is provided to all two, three and four year olds so that it genuinely covers whole cost of providing that place. The government has an opportunity to demonstrate this through their upcoming Spending Review.”