Enough is Enough. Take action for fair funding for the early years
Enough is enough
The early years plays a vital role in helping children reach their full potential and enabling parents to get back into work.
But the sector is struggling to stay sustainable due to government underfunding.
Childcare funding rates were set and frozen in 2015 – this means they don’t take into account the subsequent increases to business rates, the minimum wages or any other rises in costs since then.
This has forced providers to put up parent fees and, in some cases, close.
This has to change: government must urgently review funding levels to make sure they match the true cost of delivering quality childcare, and ensure funding rates are reviewed annually to make sure they keep pace with rising costs.
We want to make sure every MP in England is aware of the funding crisis in the early years, supports the campaign and calls on the Treasury to make sure childcare is properly funded.
What you can do right now
MPs respond best to hearing from their constituents about what's happening locally - that's why we want as many providers as possible to write to their MP and invite them to visit.
- Download the template letter and email it to your MP together with the Early Years Funding factsheet which outlines the full scale of the funding crisis and the effect it is having on providers, parents and children.
- Read our MP visit checklist which gives you lots of guidance about how to arrange a visit from your MP.
And don't forgot to keep in touch with us
Let us know once you've written to your MP and let us know if you hear back from them.
Tag the Early Years Alliance in any social media posts so we can see how your campaigning is going.
You can email our campaign officers Rebecca and Deri at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or need further support.
Thank you for taking action on early years funding!