Sam Gyimah on Childcare

s216_Sam_Gyimah3I 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

Tricia Wellings
Tricia qualified as an NNEB and achieved a BA (Hons) in Early Education Studies and Early Years Teacher Status before getting her PTLLS and CTTLS in order to teach adults. She has run a group of day nurseries for 16 years and trains her own teams. Her knowledge of the sector is second to none and she continues to keep herself updated through regular meetings with Local Authorities, Ofsted Big Conversation, PVI Groups and Conferences.


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