Alliance responds to Health and Social Care Committee's 1,000 days report
Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Early Years Alliance, said:
"The importance of effective early intervention is no longer debated – but, as the committee’s report shows, there is still a long way to go.
"We have been waiting long enough to see this consensus turn into action. The integrated review should have been implemented in 2015 but, four years later, is nowhere near being fully rolled out. Instead, we have a programme implemented in some areas and not others with cuts to the very services, such as children’s centres and health visitor training, that make early intervention possible.
"It’s all very well for politicians to talk up the importance of social mobility but, until those words are matched with investment, then talk is all it will be. The fact is that, whilst SEND reforms and changes to public health commissioning duties have been put in place, it’s clear that government is more focussed on vote-winning funded entitlements than the more mundane work of ensuring these duties and reforms are working, let alone sufficiently funded.
"This report makes clear we’re a long way off seeing effective early intervention. That won’t change without a concentrated effort from ministers to ensure the integrated review becomes a reality for every young child. Without that effort, we will be stuck agreeing that early intervention is important, while some of those young children who need it most remain unable to access it."
ABOUT THE ALLIANCE
- 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.pre-school.org.uk
- The Alliance’s Fair Future Funding campaign currently has over 7,000 practitioner and parent supporters.
- On 18 February 2019, the Pre-school Learning Alliance will be rebranding to the Early Years Alliance