Commenting on the early years funding announced in the Spending Review today (4 September 2019) Voice General Secretary Deborah Lawson said:
“We welcome any extra funding, but it seems that this is not the major investment in the early years that the sector had been hoping for.
“We need to know the full details for both the school and early years funding and clarity on how it will be allocated between the PVI (private, voluntary and independent) early years settings and nursery classes in schools.
“Nurseries are struggling financially and there is an urgent need for a career and salary structure for early years professionals, who – as the Education Policy Institute and National Day Nurseries Association have pointed out – are currently leaving in droves to earn more stacking supermarket shelves.
“After years of austerity cuts and rising costs, the commitment to longer-term investment in education is welcome, but we had hoped that the Spending Review would bring some much-needed immediate relief too.“