Alliance  comments on government's response to "entrenching inequality" select committee report

Commenting on today’s response to the Education Select Committee report on tackling disadvantage in the early years, Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Early Years Alliance said: 

“I am disappointed that the Education Select Committee appears to have fared no better than the early years sector in getting the answer from government we all know we need to hear if we are to close the disadvantage gap.

“The answer is to make sure government pays providers adequately for the funded entitlements, because if funding remains frozen until 2020 as planned, their social mobility ambitions will not be met.

“Parents will continue to see their fees go up, charges for additional extras will increase, ‘free’ hours will be restricted to certain times and, to stay afloat, providers will have no choice but to prioritise parents who can pay. If current trends continue we will see more providers close their doors for good because they can’t afford to stay open – and deprived areas will suffer the most.

“Government knows this but continues to rely on the goodwill of the sector to do their best for some of the most disadvantaged children. This needs to change.”




About the Alliance

  • The Early Years Alliance (formerly the Pre-school Learning 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 member settings 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.
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