Early Years Alliance publishes manifesto for the next government
The Early Years Alliance has published its manifesto for the next government, ahead of the upcoming general election which is widely expected to take place at the end of 2024.
The manifesto includes key actions and recommendations, such as calls for an emergency financial rescue package for providers in most need of financial support, the development of a comprehensive recruitment and retention strategy, and adequate and timely funding and support for children with SEND. Further topics covered in the manifesto also include ratios, business rates and VAT.
Commenting, Neil Leitch, CEO of the Early Years Alliance, said:
“There has never been a more pivotal time for the early years. For far too long, the sector has been used as a political football by all parties, and forced to deal with the fallout of underfunded promises made to families. And with the expansion of the 30-hour offer fast approaching, many providers who are already struggling to keep their heads above water are set to be put under even more pressure going forward.
“We’re clear that whichever political party is in government after the next election, urgent support – and crucially – investment in the early years underpinned by a comprehensive long-term plan for the sector must form a key part of their priorities.”
“As such, we hope that every political party takes notes of our recommendations and ensures that the early years, and the urgent need to provide greater support to children, families and the workforce, is front and centre in their own respective manifestos."
Read the full manifesto here
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Published on 17th October 2023