I was sorry not to have been able to attend the Nursery World Summit in London today but have just read the speech from Sam Gyimah on childcare. A rousing speech it was too. It wasn’t telling us anything new, although a few interesting comments relating to ratios , opening hours, local authorities and innovation for the 30 hours were made. He clearly said the funding review will be announced as part of the spending review on 25th November, something we have all been expecting really. I honestly do hope they have managed to pull some bunnies out of hats as this could be the make or break time for childcare providers who work long hours for low rewards and seem to live with stress as a constant companion. Let us all dream for a minute about achieving our ‘funding gap’ in order to support our narrowing all the other ‘gaps’ that seem to exist in children’s development. I am sure I won’t be the only person listening with interest on the 25th.
About the author: Tricia Wellings
Her passion for and knowledge of owning and running a nursery group and the issues within the sector that affect them is second to none. She continues to keep herself updated through regular meetings with PVI groups, Local Authorities, Ofsted Big Conversation and Conferences.
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