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Voice welcomes Public Accounts Committee's childcare report

Voice: the union for education professionals – which represents nursery staff – has called on the Government to heed the warning of the Public Accounts Committee, in its report on the Government's free early education and childcare scheme, that there may not be enough providers willing to deliver the 30 hours of free childcare offer being rolled out next year.

General Secretary Deborah Lawson said “Childcare minister Sam Gyimah airily dismissed ongoing childcare funding issues as a ‘myth’ when he addressed the PSLA conference the other day, but this latest report suggests that, as with teacher recruitment, the Government is in denial.

“We need to remember that providers need staff, and that childcare’s greatest challenge is recruiting and retaining them.

“The Government must address the question ‘What is childcare for?’ Is it to support and promote child development, or to support the economy by facilitating parental employment?  It can only achieve either or both  of these with appropriate investment and coherent pay and career structures to reflect and reward appropriately the professionals who work in childcare.

“A recent Voice survey found that the respondents working in childcare were generally highly-skilled but low paid.  It seems that the Government expects the early years sector to operate on minimum funding and maximum good will, but good will doesn’t pay the mortgage.

“We await the promised workforce strategy with increasing frustration.”


Voice Press Office (pressoffice@voicetheunion.org.uk) on 01332 372337 or 0794 871 0413 or General Secretary Deborah Lawson (deborahlawson@voicetheunion.org.uk) on 01332 372337 or 07725 960 132.


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