Alliance responds to new DfE ministerial appointment

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

"It’s hugely disappointing to have lost the fifth minister for childcare in almost as many years. 

“Kemi Badenoch inherits a brief overseeing a sector in crisis: there is now a £662m funding shortfall and thousands of providers have closed with many more continuing to struggle on. The challenges facing the sector are significant but are not insurmountable and they require urgent action. 

“Families value the high quality, dedicated workforce and we look forward to working with the new minister to ensure children across the country have the best start in life.”



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.
  • The Alliance website is