Alliance responds to announcement of one year spending review by the Chancellor of the Exchequer

Commenting on the Chancellor of the Exchequer's announcement of a one year spending review, Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Early Years Alliance said: 
“While the NHS, police and schools are clearly in need of extra cash, we hope that the Chancellor will find money in the 2020-21 spending round to make up the £662 million shortfall in early years funding. The sector cannot carry on for yet another year delivering the government’s flagship childcare schemes based on 2015 cost analysis. We will undoubtedly see further closures, and those childcare providers who do manage to stay open will be forced to charge parents more for private hours and for extras, or place restrictions on when parents can access funded places. The early years is a sector in financial crisis: the government knows it and can no longer afford to ignore it."


About the Early Years Alliance

  • The Early Years 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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