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Parliamentary debate on Early Years funding situation


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There is a debate in Westminster Hall today to discuss the funding situation in the Early Years sector. You can find out more here, including a link to watch live, as well as to follow transcripts after the event. The APPG for childcare and early education are deeply concerned about the future sustainability of the sector - and over 112,000 people have signed a parliamentary e-petition calling for an independent review of childcare funding and affordability

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Hello Sunnyday - yes,  I hope these debates really raise the profile of this crucial issue. The early years sector holds together so much - children's development and learning, working families, the economy... like you I watch with interest too. 

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We have to get the foundations right, so that the rest can be built on top of it.  To inspire a child’s hunger for learning is where I believe we all hold our reason for doing what we do.  If that isn’t put in place, then what follows is not going to be as strong.   

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Commission an independent review of childcare funding and affordability

The petition, which has more than 112,000 signatures, states: “We have the second most expensive childcare system in the world. A full time place costs, on average, £14,000 per year, making it completely unaffordable for many families. Parents are forced to leave their jobs or work fewer hours, which has a negative impact on the economy and on child poverty.”

In its response to the petition, the Government said: “The Government is not currently planning a review of the childcare system. Support is available to help with childcare costs, and the Government monitors the sustainability of childcare providers.”

 

Well that was short and to the point wasn't it!

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17 hours ago, finleysmaid said:

That's £3.30 per hour GFCCCC ....how do you afford to run on that??? we don't make much money on anything less than about £5.10!

That price is for 2-5 yr old, 49 weeks per year 8-6 - so 3.60 per hour. We don't charge for anything extra at all - We don't make any money either!! (we are non-profit) but we do manage to pay a bit above minimum wage, not use apprentices in our ratio and to just about cover our costs. It is hard but all our nurseries are in deprived areas so parents can't afford more. 

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2 hours ago, GFCCCC said:

That price is for 2-5 yr old, 49 weeks per year 8-6 - so 3.60 per hour. We don't charge for anything extra at all - We don't make any money either!! (we are non-profit) but we do manage to pay a bit above minimum wage, not use apprentices in our ratio and to just about cover our costs. It is hard but all our nurseries are in deprived areas so parents can't afford more. 

Gosh that's really tight isn't it...hope your rents not too bad?

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3 hours ago, GFCCCC said:

Thankfully we own the building and as a charity we get 80% rate relief - which is how we just about manage

have you asked for the additional 20% relief. We put a case together and now get 100 % ... worth trying if you haven't tried already!

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