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Stark figures spell disaster for families pressed for childcare

30 Oct 2020
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A survey released today by the Early Years Alliance could spell disaster for the families of essential workers pressed for childcare

The survey of more than 2,000 nurseries, pre-schools and childminders carried out in early October found that:

  • One in six early years settings say that they could close by Christmas if their income doesn’t increase, rising to one in four in the most deprived local authorities
  • Only a quarter of providers expect to make any profit between now and March

The Alliance is calling on the Chancellor to commit to a £240 million Early Years Sufficiency Fund at the upcoming Spending Review to ensure that there are enough early years places to meet families' needs.

Commenting on the figures released by the Early Years Alliance, Karen Leonard, GMB National Officer said:

“These stark figures are terrible news for families up and down England.

“Not only will we see the careers of many nursery and pre-school staff fall away with next to no notice, but it will also spell disaster for the families of essential workers across the country that are reliant on childcare to allow them to go to work.

“The sector is a major employer of not only women, but also young workers, and we can’t let these underrepresented groups in the workforce fall away without investment.

“The government needs to move swiftly to reinforce funding into the sector - If the government don’t act quickly we could be facing a childcare crisis in the new year.”

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