Labour has launched a programme of engagement events on early years to talk to families about the importance of early education and childcare services, as new data shows the Conservatives have slashed spending on Sure Start children’s centres and children under five by 40 per cent since 2015.
Labour analysis shows that on top of the 12,000 early education and childcare providers that have been lost since 2015, 30,000 more early years providers are at risk of closure within a year.
Millions of parents – particularly mothers – rely on formal childcare in order to work, and Labour analysis shows that 345,000 women would be at risk of losing their jobs if further childcare providers were lost.
Kate Green MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, said:
“The Conservatives have treated children as an afterthought throughout this pandemic, with had no plan to protect early years providers nor support the families who rely on their vital services.
“Labour wants to see children at the heart of our national recovery.
“Through engagement with parents, providers, children and experts our Bright Future Taskforce will develop a national strategy to ensure every child can recover the learning and social development lost during the pandemic and has the chance to reach their full potential.”
Read Labour’s full press release here.