Early Years commission launch manifesto 

The Early Years Commission set up jointly by the Centre for Social Justice and the Fabian Society have today released a new manifesto and findings from a YouGov survey.Early Years commission manifesto cover

It demonstrates that Covid-19 has further exposed significant gaps in early years provision which, unless addressed, will impact on the Government’s ability to ‘build back better’. 

The survey found that 1% of parents believe the Government has given enough priority for early years children whereas 43% of the public support more investment in early years than oppose it (19%). Nurseries were in the top facilities the public ranked as important to parents and families (50% parks, 46% nurseries, 43% children’s centres).

The three core reform priorities highlighted in the manifesto are: 
  • Make young children society’s top priority by delivering public service innovation locally and nationally with a commitment to lessen child poverty; 
  • Support parents to make their homes a nurturing environment with time away from work, financial stability to focus on their child, and the community and professional assistance they need; 
  • Put our young children at the heart of their community and public services with investment in early education, children’s centres and family hubs. 

Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of NDNA, said: “Evidence has repeatedly shown that children’s early education and development are absolutely crucial to their long term educational outcomes and their life chances as a result. The Early Years Commission’s report and manifesto underlines how important it is to us as a society to get early years right for children, parents and communities.

“The fact that only 1% of the public believe the Government is investing enough in our children’s earliest years is a damning indictment of the current offers. It is clear that underfunding is undermining the efforts of nurseries to deliver the best quality early education and care to children and families. 

“The public backs better investment in our young children so the Government should be focusing its education recovery efforts in early years where we know it can have the greatest impact. We back the Commission’s recommendations to address underfunding in early years to make sure providers are sustainable and children are truly at the heart of the policy.”
 
Find out more and read the manifesto here.