Childcare must be central to policy says NDNA as Conservatives form new Government
Conservatives are forming a new government with support from the Democratic Unionist Party following a General Election.
Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of National Day Nurseries Association said: “Childcare must be central to new Government policy and there is a lot to address, and urgently. First among this is funding for the 30 ‘free’ hours policy that the previous Conservative government introduced.
“The new Government needs to acknowledge that current investment is not enough for 30 hours to be delivered for families. Unless extra funding is found, nurseries must be given the flexibility to make mandatory additional charges, with the funding recognised as a contribution to the cost of a place.”
Ms Tanuku continued: “Secondly, the Government must help parents by simplifying funding and taking up NDNA’s proposal for a parent-held Childcare Passport into which all help towards the cost of childcare can be channelled.
“The Conservative manifesto mentioned capital investment for schools to develop nursery facilities but this is not the answer. The urgent priority must be for adequate hourly rates for funded childcare to be delivered to the private, independent and voluntary sector which provides the majority of childcare.”