Two-thirds of Childcare services aren't planning growth this year

The Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) carried out the survey and found 59 per cent of nurseries and children's centres and 60 per cent of childminders said they had no plans to expand at all over the next year. This study included 2,442 childcare professionals from across the whole of England.

As you may know the Government announced that they are bringing forward 30 hours free childcare a week promise. They will also be carrying out a review on the funding for childcare before the summer.

Liz Bayram, chief executive of the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years, said: “Unless the investment is there to provide childcarers with the professional development they need to incentivise them through their careers, and the funding for the huge increase in free childcare places the Government is offering, then we risk stagnation across the sector and a significant shortfall in affordable childcare places across the country.”

“These findings should provide serious cause for concern for the Government. Now that a commitment has been made to extend the number of free early education places, the challenge remains how to ensure the childcare sector is supported to deliver these places at the level of high quality that children deserve.

“PACEY wants to see the Government implement a workforce strategy that supports childcare professionals to improve their skills throughout their career, so they are encouraged, rewarded and in turn motivated to remain in their chosen profession.”

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