NDNA funding campaign launched as Chancellor confirms Spending Review date
As the Chancellor confirms the date of the Government’s Spending Round, UK early years organisation National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has launched its funding campaign urging investment in early education and childcare.
Highlighting that this is a critical time for the early education and childcare sector, NDNA has kicked off its #PlanforChildcare campaign.
The campaign focuses on three key asks in the Spending Review:
- An urgent response to Covid-19
- Get the funding right for early years
- Simplify the childcare funding system
In recent years the funding for early years providers has not kept pace with rising costs such as minimum wage levels, pension requirements and inflation, meaning real term cuts in the money providers receive to deliver childcare.
Purnima Tanuku, Chief Executive of NDNA, said: “Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic early years providers have been a vital support for parents as well as providing safe and stimulating learning environments for our youngest children. The childcare sector operates as a fourth emergency service and this needs to be recognised.
“The Spending Round gives the government the chance to get funding right for childcare providers by recognising the additional costs they have been facing all year, while addressing historic underfunding.
“This is also about making sure existing funding reaches providers. Hundreds of millions of pounds a year destined for the childcare sector goes missing in wider council budgets or underspends on Tax Free Childcare. Funded childcare support should be simple to use for parents and follow the child.
“Early years are crucial to children’s life chances and levelling up opportunities across the country. Every pound invested in early years pays dividends in later life.
“Our asks are simple – nurseries need support now to ensure they weather this storm so they can continue to provide places for children. Secondly, the funding rates should take into account the rising cost of delivery. Finally, parents need a simplified childcare funding system to help them return to work or retrain. All funding should be in one account so that parents can pay their childcare provider directly.
“We are encouraging members to contact their MPs about these asks and invite them on virtual tours of their nurseries throughout November. This is a great chance to show the value that high quality early education and childcare has for children, families and communities across the country.”
See our campaign document, funding rate calculator, facts and figures and template letter to send to Members of Parliament here.
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