Labour’s Tulip Siddiq has warned that new figures released by the education standards authority Ofsted shows provides “further worrying evidence that the early years sector is on the brink of collapse”.
Responding to research on early years providers published by the regulator today, which showed that a third fear closure due in part to the financial impact of Covid, the shadow early years minister urged the government to rethink planned cuts.
Commenting this afternoon, Siddiq said that the potential collapse of providers in the early years sector is “putting at risk the jobs of working parents who rely on childcare and the life chances of many young children”.
She added: “The government must heed Labour’s calls for targeted support for nurseries, childminders and pre-schools and urgently rethink plans to slash their funding from January.”
The government has continued to fund local authorities for the childcare places they usually provide throughout a term, rather than allocating funding based on how many children attend, in a bid to help secure their income.