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NEWS: PACEY provides evidence in childcare and early years inquiry

Earlier today (31 January) PACEY’s Chief Executive Helen Donohoe spoke in the first oral evidence session of the Education Committee’s childcare and early years inquiry. PACEY joined other sector organisations including The Sutton Trust, Coram Family and Childcare and the Early Years Alliance to provide evidence.  

During the session, MPs asked the panel about a range of issues including the funding system, barriers to recruitment and retention and families’ awareness of and access to the provision available to them. Amongst other topics, Helen highlighted PACEY’s concerns around the declining workforce (particularly among registered childminders) and outlined the lack of recognition and poor pay that has contributed to this trend.  

To watch the session back in full and read more about the inquiry, visit the Education Committee’s website

Click here to read PACEY’s full written submission to the inquiry. We will keep PACEY members updated with the progress of this work and further opportunities to get involved.   

Helen Donohoe, Chief Executive at PACEY comments:  

“I was grateful for the opportunity to provide evidence on behalf of our PACEY members, to highlight once again what is vitally needed from policy-makers: a long-term strategy which champions early education and childcare as a vital part of the wider education sector, accompanied by a reformed funding system and investment to allow dedicated providers to continue to support children and families.  

“We are hopeful that the Education Committee’s dedicated focus on this often-overlooked part of our sector will drive wider government to listen to the lived experiences of children, families, providers and other stakeholders and take meaningful action in response. 

“The inquiry has already received over 1700 pieces of evidence, some of which we know were submitted by PACEY members - so thank you to those who shared their vital insight and experiences.”