National Day Nurseries Association
The purpose of this, as you no-doubt know, is to allow your nursery to offer 30 hours, given that, in the majority of local areas, Government funding falls short of the real cost of delivering high-quality places.
Given that Mr Halfon and the Education Select Committee have the responsibility for scrutiny of the whole learning gamut from early years to higher education, we hope they will give this OECD material some consideration.
For nearly 30 years now, governments in the UK have been helping families to pay for childcare. There are two very good reasons for this: many pieces of research show the educational and social benefits for children who attend high quality nurseries and it supports parents with very young children back into work.
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Our other major concern is parental choice, which at the moment is restricted by some local authorities capping funded places within private and third sector provider settings. Parents must be allowed to choose the right setting for their child.
This year has been wildly unpredictable for UK and global politics. Everything is different. Yet in many ways, little has changed - at least for the UK nursery sector, which is bracing itself for a watershed year ahead. Early years care and education has been a hot topic all year, rarely off the agenda in our parliaments and offices of government.
Because if nurseries feel they have to walk away from extended funded childcare - and more than ever are talking about this - the real losers will be the families who voted this Government in on the promise of free childcare.
For the future trajectory of education and attainment, it is vitally important children and families, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds are able to access high quality provision at a nursery of their choice. As I said, the nursery sector has a very important job and it's high time that investment finally reflected it. A revolution is overdue.
62p doesn't quite buy you a first class stamp but this modest sum has averted the collapse of a hotly-anticipated Department for Education pilot scheme.
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According to Department for Education figures, the private, voluntary and independent sector currently delivers funded places for 674,000 two, three and four-year-olds in England, providing 64% of three and four-year-olds with their free place.
The Chancellor, George Osborne's National Living Wage is lower than both of these levels, but will still create a headache for many nurseries. So how can it be right that our high street coffee chains and supermarkets can achieve what nurseries would love to, but cannot?