Tuesday 5 May 2020 / 12:01 AM Childcare / Tulip Siddiq

Childcare sector is on the brink of collapse – Tulip Siddiq

Tulip Siddiq MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Children and Early Years, commenting on a survey by the Early Years Alliance showing that a quarter of childcare providers could close within a year due to the impact coronavirus, said:

“The childcare sector is on the brink of collapse. This survey is further evidence that the Government’s lack of support is forcing nurseries and other providers to close and sack staff.

“Losing a quarter of our childcare providers in this crisis would have a devastating impact on working families. Ministers need to wake up to the reality that many vital early years providers will be lost forever unless they step in to save our childcare.”

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Notes to editors

  • A survey of 3,000 nurseries, pre-schools and childminders in England by the Early Years Alliance has found that:
    • One in four childcare providers fear permanent closure within a year
    • 74% think the government hasn’t provided enough support for early years providers during the coronavirus crisis
    • 47% may need to make staff redundant following the Government’s recent U-turn on access to furlough funding