Silence over early years funding in leaked government papers "incomprehensible" says the Early Years Alliance
Commenting on the leaked government document, whose details were published in the Guardian and which included proposals for extra funding for schools, Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Early Years Alliance, said:
"We are extremely concerned that early years education failed to get a mention at all in the leaked government document about schools funding. The sector, which is responsible for educating and caring for children at the most important stage in their development, is in the midst of a funding crisis. If government doesn’t invest properly in this sector now, childcare providers will continue to close their doors for good, reducing the number of government funded places and potentially denying parents the opportunity to work. The silence in the face of a £662 million shortfall in government funding is incomprehensible and needs to be addressed urgently."
For further information, see the original article published by the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/aug/27/leaked-documents-revea...
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 pra