Last reviewed 11 June 2021

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has announced a £150,000 investment in a new programme to support nurseries and childminders in London. 

The Strong Early Years London programme will be delivered in partnership with Early Years Alliance and CEEDA to provide a one-stop-shop for private, voluntary, and independent providers (PVIs) in London to access business support, including a series of new webinars and workshops. 

The programme will help nurseries and childminders get business support information, advice and guidance, and provide intensive support to those most in need with a focus on sustainability and growth. Early years providers identified as most at risk can also access a personal triage service and more intensive business support until March 2022. 

The announcement follows research published by the Mayor earlier this year which found that early years providers across London will struggle to survive the year. The report found that 64% of nurseries and 56% of childminders consider their services to be at immediate risk of closure or to be facing potential closure in the next 12 months with those in disadvantaged areas more likely to class themselves as “struggling”. 

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: 

“London’s early years sector is a lifeline for so many families, providing their children with high-quality education and care and giving them the best possible start in life. But these nurseries and childminders have been hit hard by the pandemic, and many are facing a battle to survive.”

 “That’s why I’m proud to be working with the Early Years Alliance and CEEDA to give nurseries and childminders across the capital the support they need to continue their life-changing work. By investing in London’s early years education sector, I’m investing in our social and economic recovery, and in our future as a city, and urge the Government to do the same.” 

More information on the programme is available here.