Election reaction: Alliance calls for urgent funding review

Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Early Years Alliance, said:
"Childcare providers may have been hoping for a change of direction for the sector as a result of this election. Sadly, with the Conservatives failing to commit to any further funding for the early years, many will still be concerned about the future and long-term viability of their businesses after last night’s result.

“This government could leave the sector facing an £800 million funding shortfall by the end of this parliament that will further increase parent fees and force more providers to close. We can't go on like this – we need urgently need funding levels to cover the true cost of delivering childcare and a firm commitment for them to be reviewed annually."

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About the 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 members 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.eyalliance.org.uk