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Poorest children bearing brunt of deepening early years funding crisis

Tracy Brabin MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Early Years, responding to an Early Years Alliance/ Ceeda report showing that the poorest children are bearing the brunt of a deepening early years funding crisis, said “Labour has warned for years that the impact of underfunding childcare and early years policies would be felt most keenly by disadvantaged families, and this report unfortunately shows we were right.

“If the Government wants to be taken seriously on social mobility, they must make sure that all children and families have access to high-quality early years education and experienced practitioners. But their policies and funding cuts are hurting providers in the poorest areas the hardest.

“The next Labour Government will provide 30 hours of free, high-quality and properly funded childcare per week to all 2 to 4 year olds, in a country for the many, not the few.”