On 31 August David Johnston OBE MP was confirmed as Minister for Children, Families and Wellbeing at the Department for Education, replacing Claire Coutinho MP. His full list of responsibilities includes early years and childcare, special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), family hubs and early childhood support among others.
Previously David Johnston OBE MP was Chief Executive of the Social Mobility Foundation.
Helen Donohoe, Chief Executive at PACEY comments:
‘’While we congratulate Minister Coutinho on her promotion and welcome David Johnston OBE MP to his new post, it is incredibly frustrating that we have the eighth Children’s Minister in five years at such a critical time for our sector. We will seek to meet with the new Minister as soon as possible and continue to argue for a long-term properly funded strategy for early education and childcare with high quality at its core.’’