Yesterday (23 June) the Department for Education responded to an ongoing petition calling for a review into childcare funding and affordability.
The petition, which calls for an independent review to identify what is needed to ensure that childcare provision remains sustainable for the providers and families that use childcare, has been dismissed by the Department for Education which has said that “the Government is not currently planning a review of the childcare system.”
You can read the Government’s full response to the petition here.
As the petition has passed the threshold of 100,000 signatures, Parliament will consider it for a debate. The Petitions Committee (a group of MPs which considers all e-petitions and public/paper petitions) has also launched a survey in response to the petition to understand more about the impact of the pandemic on early years and childcare in England. You can take part in the survey which is open until 12pm on 28 June 2021.
Liz Bayram, Chief Executive at PACEY comments:
“This petition was making a strong case for a much needed review and it is disappointing to see the Government’s dismissal of this proposal. It begs the question how will Government’s early years strategy, promised in the recent Queen’s Speech, be developed without a fundamental review of the early education and childcare system?
"Government’s ‘levelling up’ plans have to include early years and childcare at their heart – not only to support parents who want to work but also to support children’s early development and address the impact the pandemic has had on this for so many.”