APPG for Childcare and Early Education Chair comments on early years funding uplift announced in Spending Review

Speaking following the Autumn Budget and Comprehensive Spending Review on 27 October, Steve Brine MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Childcare and Early Education said:

“A £170m uplift in funding per year by 2024-25 to increase the hourly rate paid to early years providers under the 30-hours entitlement is a positive step. It amounts to a quadrupling of the funding the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Childcare and Early Education worked to secure in the 2020 Spending Review and is something we have campaigned for hard over the last 12 months. With £160m to be allocated from April 2022 and £180m in 2023-24, the Government has made a clear investment in our vital early years sector, which we welcome.

‘However, the All-Party Parliamentary Group has always been clear that more funding, no matter how welcome, is not a panacea for the problems facing early years sector and its vital workforce. Research from the Early Years’ Alliance and the National Day Nurseries Association has shown there are structural problems in the system that has prevented the money from following the child. The cross-party Petitions Committee recently joined us in calling for a fundamental, independent review of the early years funding framework. This will be the focus of our work in the APPG for Childcare and Early Education moving forward, alongside supporting our hard-working early years educators, ensuring sufficient provision of SEND places and measures to ensure providers are able to remain open.”

Mike Indian