Today (20 October) Kelly Tolhurst MP, Minister for Schools and Childhood announced more detail of the Department for Education’s £180m package of support for early years practitioners in England which aims to improve children’s early learning and development.
The Early Years Education Recovery Programme, first announced last year, consists of opportunities for fully funded training, qualifications and guidance to support:
- child development
- communication and language
- early maths
- personal, social and emotional development
- leadership of settings
Full information on the projects available can be found on Gov.uk.
Liz Bayram, Chief Executive at PACEY comments:
“This programme will be of help, as we know how much our members are already doing to support the children in their care to recover from the damaging effects the pandemic had on their early development. However our concerns remain the same; that this programme on its own is insufficient to achieve what our youngest children need. When combined with the reality that childminders, nurseries and pre-schools are also still trying to recover from the impact of COVID themselves as well as deal with soaring costs; changing patterns of parents’ use of childcare and staff recruitment and retention issues, it is clear more is needed. We will continue to call for a long-term strategy from Government, developed in partnership with the sector, that supports providers to overcome these challenges and address the underfunding of early education that has plagued our sector for years. This recovery programme is only part of the solution.
“We have worked closely with the Department for Education to shape this recovery plan, ensuring registered childminders are offered support alongside nurseries and pre-schools. Many of our members have already begun to engage with some aspects of the programme. I would encourage others to do the same.”
Find more information on the training courses, funded qualifications and support and guidance available in your area on Gov.uk.