An open letter from the sector to the Chancellor to highlight childcare funding deficit


Ahead of the Budget speech next week, an open letter has been written to the Chancellor highlighting the plight of the sector as it attempts to deliver the underfunded 30 hours of childcare, as pledged by the Conservatives in the 2015 manifesto.

Champagne Nurseries on Lemonade Funding campaign group are urging Philip Hammond to increase the funding for childcare policies in his upcoming budget as “the situation is reaching a crisis point”.

Spokesperson Jo Morris recently appealed for support from the 18,000 strong members of the CNLF Facebook group with the following post:

“Below is an open letter to the Chancellor, ahead of next week’s budget, imploring him to increase funding for early years as part of a wider reform of the legislation around ‘free’ childcare.

“Tracy Brabin once again wants the issue of underfunding to be very high on the political agenda.

“CNLF does not believe that simply increasing funding is the answer, it is impossible to know what the ‘right’ rate is as our costs vary so much, but increasing funding will give the sector some much- needed stability as we continue to call for the regulations/legislation to be changed.

“Can we please ask you to sign and share this letter, we need providers and parents to support this, we MUST get our voices heard #unitedwestand.”

The campaign group is spearheaded by nursery owners; they have lobbied against the Government’s underfunded 15 and 30-hour childcare models as they believe this funding should be an excellent subsidy as opposed to a ‘free’ place because, due to underfunding, parents and providers are being forced to subsidise these hours.

Read the CNLF open letter and add your name to support it here


2 thoughts on “An open letter from the sector to the Chancellor to highlight childcare funding deficit

  • November 24, 2017 at 10:51 am

    In the past childminders have been able to charge parents a retainer while their child was at nursery to retain the space held for these hours. However Because of the free 30 hours entitlement. The government has stressed that this child care is free therefore no charges can be made for the 30 hours of childcare been up taken. However if a childminder is providing the 15 hours wraparound care they are losing out on 15 hours fees as a result of not being able to charge retainers. While 30 hours free childcare is fantastic for parents. Childcare providers are footing the bill. And subsidising these hours. free childcare means free childcare for 30 hours but who is going to pay the childminder to keep a place open when providing 15 hours wraparound care to ensure that parents get there for 30 hours .

  • November 22, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    We need to support our childcare businesses the best we can so they can continue to provide our children with the care they deserve!


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