Monday 4 January 2021 / 10:34 PM Tulip Siddiq

Tulip Siddiq responds to PM’s announcement on early years staying open for all children during lockdown

Tulip Siddiq MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Children and Early Years, responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement that early years settings will remain open for all children during the new national lockdown, said: 

  “Early years settings can stay open during the lockdown, but the Government’s change to their funding from this month has pushed 20,000 providers to the brink of collapse. 

  “The new lockdown is likely to wipe out demand for childcare, hitting providers’ incomes even further and pushing many nurseries and child-minding businesses over the edge.   

“The Government urgently needs to rethink this funding change and give the sector the targeted support it needs. Early years staff and families of young children also need reassurances about safety at a very worrying time.”