Tulip Siddiq responds to Ofsted stats showing sharp decline in childcare providers
Tulip Siddiq MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Children and Early Years, responding to the publication of statistics by Ofsted showing that the number of childcare providers declined by 500 in the three months prior to March, said:
“A decade of underfunding has hit childcare providers hard, and hundreds were being forced to close every month even before this crisis.
“Many of the nurseries and childminders which have managed to survive now face an existential threat from Covid-19. It is too awful to contemplate the impact on working families and the life chances of our children if more childcare businesses are allowed to go under.
“It’s time the Government recognised the importance of childcare and early education in our economic recovery, and came forward with a proper plan to save the early years sector.”