Wednesday 5 August 2020 / 12:05 AM Early Years / Tulip Siddiq

Tulip Siddiq responds to the Social Mobility Commission report showing that one in eight childcare workers are paid under £5 an hour

Tulip Siddiq MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Children and Early Years, responding to the Social Mobility Commission report showing that one in eight childcare workers are paid under £5 an hour, said:

“Years of underfunding has left childcare professionals working long hours for very low pay. This is driving talented staff out of the sector and letting down the young children whose life chances are shaped by vital early education.

“Labour has been calling for targeted support to save the thousands of nurseries and childminding business that are threatened with closure due to Covid-19. But we cannot go back to undervaluing the childcare workforce after this crisis – we must invest in them for the sake of the next generation.