Alliance responds to latest 30 hour validation data
Commenting on new DfE statistics on 30-hour validation rates, Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, said:
“With 50,000 parents yet to have their codes validated, it’s clear that the government is going to face a real challenge in ensuring the delivery of sufficient 30 hour places during the summer term.
“Given the Department for Education itself has acknowledged that the demand for places during this term will bring ‘a variety of challenges’, it’s clearly vital that providers are encouraged to engage with the 30 hour offer – but the fact is that this simply won’t happen unless the government addresses the issue of underfunding.
“Given that most providers will have seen little to no change in funding rates this April – despite significant increases in minimum wage requirement and other costs – it would not be surprising if many were unwilling to consider increasing the number of 30 hour places they offer, meaning that many areas of the country are likely to see a shortage of available places. This is all fixable – but only if the government accepts that its current head-in-the-sand approach simply isn’t working.”
ABOUT THE PRE-SCHOOL LEARNING 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