Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of National Day Nurseries Association, said: “We welcome Theresa May as our new Prime Minister and congratulate her on the appointment.
“She has already indicated that the Government under her administration will continue to carry out the pledges the party gave in their manifesto, so we can expect the momentum of 30 hours free childcare and the pilots to continue.
“We would ask her to address the issues we have raised with regards to the delivery of this flagship policy, specifically getting adequate funding to the providers so they can sustain their businesses and maintain the high-quality early education which makes a crucial difference to children’s lives.
“We also look forward to working with her Early Years Minister in developing the workforce strategy which is urgently needed to address the recruitment crisis in the sector which should include clear development pathways and adequate investment to make a career in early years more attractive to quality candidates.
“Despite it being a thorny issue, we would wish to see reforms to the schools funding formula carried out, with early years funding protected as a priority. We would also like to see our recommendations for reducing red tape implemented so we can help the Government realise its pledge.
“We would ask Mrs May to continue to keep childcare at the centre of the political debate and welcome her interest in poor educational attainment as this impacts on individuals moving into employment especially within early years. As the main voice of the sector, NDNA will continue to analyse the emerging political situation, respond to changes, and keep our members informed and involved. In these challenging times, it is more important than ever that we work together as an early years sector so we can continue to support children and families to flourish through excellent early learning and childcare.”