Commenting Neil Leitch, Early Years Alliance chief executive, said:
"We know that the first five years of a child's life are absolutely critical to their long-term life chances - and yet, for years now, the early years sector has been at the bottom of the pile of government priorities.
"With both early years providers and parents of young children all too often completely overlooked during the pandemic, the findings of this survey sadly come as no surprise.
"The Commission is absolutely right to advocate for greater parity of spending between the early years and primary education, which currently sees substantially greater investment in the UK, and for far greater pre- and post-natal support for new parents.
"We urge the government to take this opportunity to completely rethink its approach to the early years, and to ensure that those caring for and educating children in their most important years are given the support they need and deserve."