Commenting on new figures from Ceeda and the Early Years Alliance that show the financial impact of coronavirus on the childcare sector in England, Deborah Lawson, General Secretary of Voice: The Union for Education Professionals, said:
“We welcome the publication of these figures, but not what they highlight.
“We already had grave concerns about an economically fragile sector and the dedicated but low paid staff who work in it.
“The loss of childcare provision, and the skilled professionals in those settings who support parents, will impact those in unskilled and low paid employment most, which will be a huge blow to economic recovery, even if families are now able to provide informal care.
“Quality early education, and the preparation of children for school to enable them to fully develop the skills they need to succeed in school, are also best met in formal provision.
“The Government must act now with both immediate financial support and long-term investment to save the childcare sector.”
Early Years Alliance: The Forgotten Sector report (pdf)
Early Years Alliance media release: The Forgotten Sector