A child-centred recovery report has been published to highlight how high quality early years provision makes a difference to young children.
The key messages from the report are:
- The importance of effective early years delivery, helping children with their development, removing the cycle of disadvantage, improving social mobility and helping them with having a better start in life.
- Over 69,000 early years providers had to temporary shut their doors during the first lockdown causing the whole early years sector to experience a lot of challenges, with financial challenges being the top one. Settings which stayed open for the children of key workers, operated at a loss.
- Closing settings during the lockdown and putting staff on furlough was a better option for a lot of childcare providers, who even with funding, only managed to cover around half of their normal income.
- Extra funding was announced in the recent Spending Review, after The Local Government Association had continuously raised concern about the underfunding in the early years sector. Unfortunately for a lot of childcare providers this was disappointing as it wasn’t as immediate and significant as it should have been.
- After the national lockdown announcement at the beginning of the month, early years sector was asked to stay open. According to a report by Coram, 58 per cent of local authorities think that local childcare providers may have to close for good if quick investment and clarity about the future is not provided.
As recognised in the Duchess of Cambridge’s research on early years, quality education has a positive impact on children and their development. Childcare providers have been a vital part of the response to COVID-19 and local councils have been working with them to ensure that vulnerable children and critical workers have the childcare and support they require.
Read the full statement, as reported by Local Government Association here.
Keep up-to-date with all the changes effecting the Early Years sector here.