Alliance responds to government research showing three quarters of parents face additional childcare charges


Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Early Years Alliance, said:

"Yet again the government’s own research has backed up what providers have been saying since before the rollout of 30 hours. The government’s underfunding of the early years is pushing up fees and additional charges for parents and leaving providers with no choice but to limit places to those children with the fewest additional needs. 

“This is an unsustainable approach to early education and it’s nothing short of appalling that ministers are asking parents to prop up their flagship childcare policy. It's inevitable is that this is only going to get worse. Countless providers have already told me that April’s increase to employer pension contributions and the minimum wage will mean they have to close – and yet ministers continue to insist everything is fine.

“Ignoring independent studies would be one thing but we’re now in the absurd position where the government is hiding from its own reports. This is not fair on parents or providers and it simply can’t continue – it’s time ministers faced up to their responsibilities and ensure funding covers the true cost of providing quality childcare.”


  • 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