Voice welcomes appointment of new childcare minister

Date: 27.06.17
Voice has welcomed the appointment of Robert Goodwill MP as the DfE minister with responsibility for early years and childcare.

Voice news release:  27 June 2017

Voice welcomes appointment of new childcare minister

Voice: the union for education professionals – which represents early years and nursery staff and nannies – has welcomed the appointment of Robert Goodwill MP as the minister in the Department for Education (DfE) with responsibility for early years and childcare.

General Secretary Deborah Lawson said:

“We welcome Mr Goodwill and look forward to meeting him as soon as possible and to working with him and his officials.

“The appointment of a minister for this brief was long overdue, given the dates of the general election and other ministerial appointments.

“We are concerned, however, that Mr Goodwill will also have a range of other responsibilities, and that the size and scope of his role will mean that early years issues will not receive the full attention and priority that they deserve.

“We hope that the decision not to have a dedicated childcare minister is not an indication that the Government is making the early years a lower priority, when, given the funding, recruitment and retention challenges facing this key sector, it should be near the top of the political agenda.”

Voice set out what it believes should be the key education and early years priorities for the new government in its General Election Statement: www.voicetheunion.org.uk/GE2017.


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