Join our #ThisIsEarlyYears campaign!
The Early Years Alliance has launched a new campaign to highlight the valuable role that early years providers, and particularly private and voluntary settings, play in the local community.
The #ThisIsEarlyYears campaign aims to make the positive case for greater support for the early years sector ahead of the upcoming Comprehensive Spending Review, when the government's spending plans for the coming years is due to be decided.
We at the Alliance know that for far too long the early years sector has been underappreciated and undervalued.
That's why we want to make the positive case for investment into the sector, highlighting not only the challenges that providers are facing but why the early years is so important: the care and learning experiences that have such a significant impact on young children's early development, the valuable support given to parents and carers, and the central role that so many settings and providers play in their local communities.
Get involved - share your story with us and your local MP!
We want to share as many positive examples as possible of the incredible work that early years provider do with local MPs and policymakers. You can support the campaign by sending us your stories of the great work your setting is doing to use in our lobbying and campaigning:
Send us positive stories about your provision!
You can also get involved by:
- Posting a story or example of the positive impact your provision has on your local community on Twitter and tagging your local MP - and encouraging parents at your setting to do the same (you can find out who your local MP is here, and their Twitter handle here)
- Writing directly to your local MP to call for greater support for the early years (we have local facts and figures you can use - see 'Get the facts' below).
Get the facts on your side
To help support providers in their effort to lobby local MPs for greater sector support, we have also created an interactive early years data page on our website that reveals:
- how childcare provider numbers in your area have changed over the last five years
- how early years funding rates in your area have changed over the last three years
- how current funding rates for private and voluntary providers in your area compare to rates paid to maintained nursery schools.
Find your local early years data now!
If you have any comments or thoughts on the #ThisIsEarlyYears campaign, please contact the Alliance campaigns team at firstname.lastname@example.org.