Purnima Tanuku

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.
My job is to represent the armies of talented and hard-working people who care for and educate very young children in the UK. It could look like a warm and cuddly arena more concerned with sand pits and nap times than spreadsheets and bottom lines.
The average hourly rate received by nurseries is £3.80 per child per hour, though this varies between local authority areas. That doesn't cover the cost of providing the high-quality care that's expected of them - and it hasn't done for years.