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The All Party Parliamentary Group for Childcare and Early Education

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Childcare and Early Education brings together Parliamentarians and leading members for the childcare and early education sector to promote and facilitate discussion on key policy issues.

Steps to sustainability

APPG publishes major report into financial sustainability of childcare providers and demands Government addresses funding shortfall in the Spending Review.


About the Group

The APPG for Childcare and Early Education was constituted in September 2017 as a timely response to a growing number of issues facing the sector, including the Government’s 30-hour ‘free’ childcare policy, business rates, and VAT. This cross-party group provides a forum to constructively examine and debate the role that policy makers can play to support childcare and early education providers, and to help ensure that every child gets the best start in life.

Group chair

The Group is chaired by Steve Brine who has been the Member of Parliament for Winchester & Chandler’s Ford since 2010.

He has a long-standing interest in education and early years development of our young people.

Steve is a former Public Health Minister passionate about prevention and the wider early years agenda focused on child development in the first 1001 days and the setting in which they receive early education.

Working with the sector and colleagues across Parliament, he wants to see a sustainable early years sector the produces a safe, high quality education run by a valued professional workforce.

Further details about membership of the APPG’s membership can be found on the latest version of the Register of All-Party Parliamentary Groups.



25 January 2022 – APPG for Childcare and Early Education – SEND – Minutes

25 January 2022 – APPG for Childcare and Early Education – AGM 2022/23 – Minutes

APPG for Childcare and Early Education – Income and Expenditure Statement 2022/23

27 April 2021 – Parental Perspectives of Early Education – APPG CEE – 27 April – Minutes

22 June 2021 – The Spending Review – APPG CEE – 22 June – Minutes

22 November 2021 – Children’s Commissioner – APPG CEE – 22 November – Minutes


Meeting programme

22 November 2021

Children’s Commissioner for England

The new Children’s Commissioner for England, Dame Rachel de Souza, will update the APPG on her priorities for early education and participate in a discussion with the APPG Chair, Steve Brine MP.

**Please note this session had been previously scheduled for 3 November, but was rearranged owing to the changing parliamentary timetable.**

14 December 2021

Pedagogy in Early Education

This session will explore different pedagogical approaches in early education and hear from experts and proponents on their benefits.

25 January 2022

SEND in the Early Years provision & AGM

This session will focus the experiences of children with SEND in early years’ settings. We will offer the Government proactive solutions on how meaningful reform of the early years system, both in terms of fostering effective inclusive practice and funding reforms, will benefit all children, especially those with SEND.

24-31 January 2022

Childcare and Early Education Week 2022

In the second annual Childcare and Early Education Week, the APPG celebrates the contribution of the early years workforce and supports them in their proud declaration that ‘We are educators’.

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    News & Views

    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:

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    MPs – Early years catch-up premium needed for struggling sector

    The APPG for Childcare and Early Education calls for the Government to provide almost £3,000 per child to tackle underfunding.

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    Steps to sustainability: APPG for Childcare and Early Education report

    The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Childcare and Early Education has called on the Government to address the £662m funding gap in early years education.

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    View the The All Party Parliamentary Group for Childcare and Early Education Updates Archive »

    Group Sponsors

    The Group is supported by a range of leading organisations from across the childcare and early education sector who help fund the running of the Group via its secretariat, Connect.


    CACHE: CACHE are continually investing in high quality qualifications for the care and education industry, making us the UK’s leading sector specialist.



    Dingley’s Promise: specialist early years settings in Berkshire and a national training and consultancy programme, focused on transforming the early years for children with SEND.


    Early Years Alliance: A registered educational charity, the Alliance represents 14,000 member settings and supports them to deliver care and learning to over 800,000 families every year.



    Foundation Stage Forum: For over ten years the FSF has been a platform for a passionate and vibrant community of EYFS professionals, including nursery practitioners, childminders, reception teachers, advisers and consultants, and educators and writers.


    Montessori Group: Promotes education broadly, particularly in the Montessori method, and acts as the modern voice of Montessori. Its subsidiary, Montessori Centre International is a leading provider of and facilitator of quality early years education and holder of the sector’s quality assurance framework.


    National Day Nurseries Association: A registered education charity, the NDNA campaigns the national government to secure a positive future for the childcare sector.


    Tops Day Nurseries: A leading chain of nurseries across the south of England.

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