Government not planning review of childcare system

In response to an ongoing petition signed by more than 110,000 people, the Government has said it is not currently planning a review of the childcare system.

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The petition, launched earlier this year, called on the Government to commission an independent review of childcare funding and affordability. It highlights low pay, nursery closures and how ‘without good quality, affordable childcare the 'levelling up' agenda will fail.’

In its response the Government outlines the support already available to help with childcare costs and details how it monitors the sustainability of childcare providers. 

MPs on the Petitions Committee have launched a survey in response to the petition. They want to know what's changed for new parents one year on from their report into the Impact of Covid-19 on maternity and parental leave. The Committee is also considering how the pandemic has affected the cost and provision of childcare. The deadline is 12pm on Monday 28 June.
 
Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of NDNA said: “This disappointing response yet again shows a government failure to recognise the huge pressure the sector has been under during the pandemic and the strength of feeling from parents and providers alike.

“We have provided a groundswell of research and evidence along with other organisations and government committees, but the Government still refuses to engage with these problems.

“This week the chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for early years and childcare wrote to the Government to highlight the sector’s concerns and again calling for a review of the early years funding system.

“It is positive news that the Petitions Committee will be looking into this issue further and has commissioned a survey of parents and providers. We will be encouraging our members to take part and hope for a constructive debate of this issue shortly in Parliament.”

Because the petition has well over 100,000 signatures, it will now be considered for debate by Parliament.

Read the full response here.  

Complete the survey before 12pm on Monday 28 June here.