Nick Gibb takes on responsibility of early years

Minister of State for School Standards Nick Gibb will take on policy for early education and childcare.Nick Gibb

This includes funding, supporting the early years workforce, quality, curriculum and early education entitlements.

Mr Gibb takes the early years responsibility from Michelle Donelan who began the role as temporary Children and Families minister on 10 September as Kemi Badenoch began her maternity leave. 

Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of NDNA, said: “Nick Gibb is a senior minister with a lot of experience in Government and we look forward to working with him to ensure he has a full focus on the issues facing early years.

“He will now be overseeing a large portfolio and we expect the Minister to give equal attention to early years as well as schools. This is the third minister with the responsibility for early years that we have been told about since the summer and we hope he has the chance to get to grips with the funding and workforce crises our work with the sector has revealed.

“Investing early in a child’s life can make the most difference to their development and life chances. While education funding has been a recent focus, we will make sure that early years is not being overshadowed and I look forward to meeting with him soon.”

Michelle Donelan’s role as the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families has now been confirmed. The role of which has now changed slightly given the change in portfolio for the early years. Her responsibilities are children’s social care, special educational needs and disabilities – including high needs funding – disadvantage and social mobility and support for the home learning environment. 

She will also support the Secretary of State in his role as skills lead including on the delivery of T-Levels, apprenticeships and adult education.

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