Children and Families Minister Robert Goodwill MP (pictured left) who had responsibility for childcare and early years in England has left the role in the New Year reshuffle.

The Government has not confirmed who will replace him or if the role will be absorbed by an existing education minister but it is likely this will be taken on by new education minister Nadhim Zahawi, MP for Stratford.

Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of NDNA said: “We wish Robert Goodwill all the best and look forward to working with the new minister who has responsibility for childcare and early years.

“Whoever it is has a tough job on their hands.

“Nurseries across the country are struggling to deliver the government’s pledge of 30 funded hours because funding from central government just doesn’t cover providers’ costs. 

“This job is about to get even tougher when increases to National Living Wage will increase staffing costs from April by 6% - but the vast majority of nurseries won’t see a penny increase in their hourly rate.

“The new minister needs to look carefully at all possible solutions. These including much-needed new investment, reducing the eligibility threshold which would reduce the number of places needed and allowing nurseries flexibility in charging parents for additional services in order to balance their books.”