Alliance comments on Coram Family and Childcare's latest childcare cost survey
Responding to Coram Family and Childcare's annual childcare survey, Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Early Years Alliance, said:
“Given that childcare funding continues to fail to meet the costs of delivering funded places, it comes as no surprise that we are seeing costs across the country continuing to rise - though given the current pressure on the sector, providers have done well to limit the increases to the levels outlined in this report.
"Since current funding rates were set in 2015, early years providers have endured rising wage and pensions obligations, as well as business rate rises, mortgage and rent hikes and countless other cost increases. As such, many have been forced to increase fees just to keep their heads above water, and this has had a particular impact on parents with younger children who aren’t eligible for the funded schemes.
"This issue has only been exacerbated by the introduction of the 30 hours scheme, and local authorities are right to warn that this policy is not only causing prices to rise, but also having a negative impact on the financial sustainability of childcare settings.
“Enough is enough. It's time for the government to commit not only to investing properly into the sector, but also reviewing funding level on an annual basis, an Alliance recommendation that has been echoed by the Treasury Select Committee. Without this, prices for parents will continue to rise, and more and more providers will be forced to close their doors for good."
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.
- The Alliance website is www.eyalliance.org.uk