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Improvements in childcare could be undermined by poor planning, says NAHT

Commenting on  figures  released by the Department for Education today on the annual Childcare and Early Years Survey of Parents, Russell Hobby, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT says: “we welcome the continuing upward trend in satisfaction rates amongst parents. Childcare is crucial for parents, but early years education is also a crucial stage in the development of children. 

“The government should be concerned that just 46 per cent of parents felt the number of local childcare places was ‘about right’. We know from our own early years  survey  that many schools are cross-subsiding to secure their nursery provision; an unsustainable situation as the government aims to expand the free childcare element to 30 hours a week. 

“We still await the government’s plans for early years funding. If the sector is going to make this work, we need certainty in the way it is funded otherwise the increased number of hours could see the number of places being reduced.

“The government owes that to the sector, and to parents planning the best childcare and early years education for their children.”

Page Published: 04/03/2016

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