Tulip Siddiq MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Children and Early Years, responding to analysis by the Sutton Trust showing that many nurseries in disadvantaged areas face closure due to Covid-19, said “Thousands of childcare providers are forced to close every year as a result of government underfunding. It is nurseries in the most disadvantaged areas which have been most likely to disappear, and we now have confirmation that this crisis has hit them the hardest.
“The impact of mass nursery closures on working families and the life chances of disadvantaged children is too awful to contemplate. Urgent support is needed to help early years providers cope with reduced demand and extra safety costs, yet the sector has consistently been ignored.
“The Government needs to wake up to the reality that many thousands of essential childcare places could be lost unless it steps in with a properly funded plan to save the early years sector.”