Last reviewed 30 April 2021

The early years sector is calling on the Government to hold a comprehensive review of early years funding following a new survey by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Childcare and Early Education.

The cross-party group’s latest survey revealed that just 11% of parents surveyed believed that the current funding offer was financially sustainable for the early years sector, with 65% saying that it was not enough to sustain settings and professionals, placing early years providers under threat.

Parents also raised concerns over being able to return to work due to childcare closures, with 47% of respondents fearing a potential loss of income. In addition, the survey found that 97% of parents agreed that early years providers had a significant impact on the learning, social and emotional development of their child.

The APPG and early years leaders say they hope the survey results will help guide the Government towards providing vital extra support to the early years sector, as the country emerges from lockdown, and to carry out a full review of early years funding to ensure a sustainable funding model for the sector.

Steve Brine MP, the APPG’s Chair, said: 

“The early years sector is the fourth emergency service. Early years professionals have worked tirelessly on the front line during this pandemic, alongside other educators, to seek to minimise the negative effects on the learning and social development of children during the COVID-19 pandemic. They deserve our gratitude and support, but parents have sent us a clear sign that they feel there is much more work to be done.”

“The APPG on Childcare and Early Education is calling on the Government to hold a comprehensive review of early years policy to identify reforms, including to funding streams. The sector is crying out for help to continue doing its vital job in both supporting children and helping their parents return to work and help rebuild our economy.”

All-Party Parliamentary Group for Childcare and Early Education