Alliance responds to "hugely disappointing" children in need review

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

"It's hugely disappointing that this review has concluded without any significant reference to the early years.

"The report makes clear the importance of the early years in the future health, well-being and job prospects of children in need - but it never goes beyond that recognition. Instead we're left with the usual lines ministers trot out about record spending and vague promises about training for health visitors at a time when their numbers have fallen well below demand. 

"The children this review aimed to support deserve better. And, if the government is serious about transforming the lives of some of our most vulnerable children, then it needs to change its entire approach to the early years. This is not just about investment - though proper funding is sorely needed - it's about acting on the evidence that the early years is the key part of the puzzle when it comes to giving every child the best start in life."


Notes to editors 

A copy of the review can be found here:

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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