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Parents are being invited to take part in a campaign on childcare funding.
The Pre-school Learning Alliance says it is extending its Fair Future Funding campaign, which launched in late 2016 to childcare providers, to include parents.
The campaign has around 3,000 practitioner supporters and is calling on the government to ensure that early years funding covers the rising costs of delivering places going forward. The Alliance is concerned that the Department for Education’s decision to freeze local authority funding rates until 2020, with no formal annual review, will put a lot of pressure on already struggling childcare providers who face increases in costs such as wages, rents and mortgages and business rates.
It has raised concerns in particular around the extension of free childcare for some three and four year olds to 30 hours a week, saying the full costs are not properly funded and that that will mean nurseries either choose not to offer it or increase charges to parents of younger children.
As part of the campaign, the Alliance will be launching a dedicated mini-site to help parents understand current concerns about funding for the early years sector. In the meantime, parents can sign up as supporters of the campaign online at www.pre-school.org.uk/fffparents.
Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, said: “We’re very excited to be extending our Fair Future Funding campaign to parents. We know from our success with Rewind on Ratios that the sector’s voice is strongest when we speak alongside parents – as has been demonstrated more recently by the high-profile campaigns against schools funding cuts, which have made great use of parent support.”