I am delighted to support the campaign to #ProtectOurNurseries, demanding that the Chancellor delivers the funds to ensure childcare providers avoid closure and are able to meet childcare needs.
The campaign has been launched by Labour's Shadow Minister for Early Years Tulip Siddiq MP and is raising awareness of the fact that hundreds of nurseries are at risk of closure across the country as a result of the government’s planned changes to early years education funding. Tulip recently appeared on Good Morning Britain to talk about the campaign, and you can watch her interview here.
The government's proposals would leave more than one quarter of local authorities nationwide facing a reduction in funding.
In Rochdale borough 57 childcare providers have already been lost since 2009, and in 2017/2018 the new Early Years Funding Formula would mean providers, on average, receiving £4.06 per hour - a reduction of £1.10 per hour.
Childcare professionals, local authorities and parents have been clear that fair and proper funding will be necessary to ensure that the system meets the demands of parents and carers, and that the Conservatives’ manifesto pledge of 30 hours free childcare a week is fulfilled.
The government must keep its promise to millions of parents and childcare professionals across the country by offering a fair funding system, in which they would offer 30 hours free childcare per week as they promised during the last election campaign. As things stand, their funding plans that will leave our vital Early Years institutions on the brink.
In the Autumn Statement this week the Government must deliver the funding necessary to ensure the 30 hours pledge is kept, and to secure the long term future of childcare providers across the country.