I can only assume that Theresa May has been receiving Inspirational Insights as we have finally had news on the new Childcare Minister (if you don’t receive Insights, you will have to wait until it is published online to get this joke! You can sign up in the right bar to make sure you’re never out the loop again).
Anyway, without further ado, the new Childcare Minister will be Caroline Dinenage. Her history seems to show little relevance to childcare specifically (past my understanding that her father presented the TV show How), although I am glad to hear she doesn’t intend to spend tax payer money on yet another duck island in Gosport.
Let us hope that this announcement means that we can begin to get a bit more information through on all the areas of Early Years that have been silent for the last month – namely something along the lines of the EYFS 2016 and maybe something more about how the 30 hours pilot is coming along. We appreciate it isn’t the easiest time to be taking up a new role in politics – but it isn’t an easy time to own a nursery either, so we hope Caroline can hit the ground running! We’re certainly going to be sharing our knowledge with her regarding the state of play for providers in the coming weeks and the need for better strategies for our sustainability.
It is also worth noting that Thérèse Coffey will also have some responsibility, with her role in DEFRA covering ‘rural childcare’. We are not sure what this will mean just yet, and, to be honest, I won’t be holding my breath after waiting 3 weeks for the ‘simple’ announcement of a new Childcare Minister!
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