£66 million for early years education in Chancellor's spending round not enough to bridge funding gap, says Early Years Alliance

Commenting on the Chancellor of the Exchequer's spending round announcement today, in which he promised £66 million for early years education, Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Early Years Alliance said:

“The early years sector has been holding its breath, waiting desperately for some reprieve from years of government underfunding. While any extra money is welcome, the £66 million announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer for early education will not make even the smallest inroad into bridging the £662 million funding gap in the sector. We are nearing a tipping point where parents will no longer be able to bear the increase in fees and optional extras that childcare providers are forced to charge to subsidise the funding shortfall. Many childcare providers have already reached that tipping point and have closed for good. On today’s news, expect more childcare price hikes and more closures.”   

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Notes to editors:

For further information about the £662 million funding shortfall and its impact, please visit: https://www.eyalliance.org.uk/poorest-children-bearing-brunt-deepening-e...

 About the Alliance

  • The Early Years Alliance is the largest and most representative early years membership organisation in England. A registered educational charity, it also provides high-quality affordable childcare and education to support children and families in areas of deprivation throughout the country.
  • The Alliance represents 14,000 members and supports them to deliver care and learning to more than 800,000 families every year. We deliver family learning projects, offer information and advice, produce specialist publications, run acclaimed training programmes and campaign to influence early years policy and practice.
  • The Alliance website is www.eyalliance.org.uk