Alliance calls on Conservative party to honour childcare funding review commitment following election success

8th May 2015

Commenting on the news that the Conservative Party will form the next government, Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, said:

“We look forward to working closely in partnership with the new government to achieve our joint aim of building an affordable, quality and sustainable childcare system.

“It is now vital that the Conservative party ensures that its pre-election pledge to extend the free entitlement for three- and four-year-olds to 30 hours a week is properly funded. As such, we are calling on the new government to honour its commitment to review early years funding rates, and to fully engage with the sector to ensure that these rates do in fact reflect the true cost of delivering places.

“It’s clear that an open, honest and collaborative relationship between the new government and the sector will be vital in ensuring the long-term success of the early years. The Alliance will continue to speak out on behalf of early years providers to ensure that they are given the support they need to deliver quality provision for children and families.”

For further information or to interview, Neil Leitch, Chief Executive of the Pre-school Learning Alliance please contact:
Shannon Hawthorne
Pre-school Learning Alliance
T: 020 7697 2503
E: Shannon Hawthorne

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Notes for editors

  1. The Pre-school Learning Alliance is the largest voluntary sector provider of quality affordable childcare and education in England.
  2. Through direct provision and its membership of 14,000 nurseries, sessional pre-schools and parent and toddler groups, the Alliance supports over 800,000 children and their families in England. The Alliance also develops and runs family learning programmes, offers information and advice, runs acclaimed training and accreditation programmes and campaigns to influence early years policy and practice.
  3. For information about the Pre-school Learning Alliance, visit our website: www.pre-school.org.uk

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