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NEWS: Will Quince appointed children and families minister at DfE

As part of the Prime Minister’s cabinet reshuffle, Colchester MP Will Quince has replaced Vicky Ford as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education.

Will Quince was previously minister for welfare delivery at the Department for Work and Pensions.

Writing on Twitter, Quince says he is “delighted” to move into the role: “I am thoroughly looking forward to working with Nadhim Zahawi and the team to improve the life chances of children and young people.”

Liz Bayram, Chief Executive at PACEY comments:

“In joining the Department for Education, Will Quince has taken on the important responsibility of supporting the early years and childcare sector in England to “build back better” following the pandemic. Children and families as well as childminders, nurseries and pre-schools are relying on him to address the long-standing issues facing the sector - particularly underfunding, recruitment challenges and declining childminder registrations.

“This can only be achieved through an ambitious long-term strategy for childcare and early education, championed by him. We are looking forward to working with him and the new Secretary of State to make this is a reality and ensure the critical role that providers play in the government’s levelling up agenda is supported.”

Letter to the sector from new Secretary of State for Education

New Secretary of State for Education, Nadhim Zahawi MP has written an introductory letter to everyone working in the education and childcare sector. In it he highlights the outstanding work of the education workforce through the pandemic, saying:

“You have supported children and learners through the disruption of the pandemic – helping them through difficulties, celebrating and supporting the heroism and resilience they have shown, and giving them the tools for future success. Your work has been outstanding, and I thank you for it.”

You can read the full letter here