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NEWS: MPs to debate childcare affordability in England

The Petitions Committee in England has scheduled a debate on Monday 13 September from 4.30pm on a petition relating to funding and affordability of childcare in England.

Join the discussion

You can tune in to the livestream of the debate here from 4.30pm on Monday 13 September.

PACEY will be providing updates during the debate on Twitter and will share the link afterwards for those who miss it. You can get involved in the discussion on Twitter too by using #ChildcareDebate and tagging us @PACEYchildcare

Contact your MP

You can also contact your local MP via email or Twitter and ask them to attend the debate to show support for the early years and childcare sector. 

We've provided a template below if you wish to use it:

Dear [name of MP],

The Petitions Committee has arranged a Westminster Hall debate on Monday 13 September from 4.30pm on childcare funding and affordability. This follows an e-petition which received well over 100,000 signatures titled 'Commission an independent review of childcare funding and affordability'

The early years and childcare sector has been hard hit by the pandemic, and this combined with years of underfunding has left too many settings on the brink of closure. 

As my local MP, please attend if you are available, and do what you can to urge the government to review the way that early years and childcare is funded to ensure good quality, affordable provision for all families and that supports economic recovery. 

A reform of the early education and childcare funding system is just one aspect required in a long-term strategy for the sector, along with effective integration of family and children support services and action to build the Early Years Workforce. 

I hope that as well as attending the debate, you will ​join this call for a long-term strategy for the early years and childcare sector to ensure that all registered providers can continue to operate sustainably and support children and their families. 

Yours sincerely,

[Name and Postcode]