Friday 25 September 2020 / 12:05 AM Tulip Siddiq

Tulip Siddiq responds to warnings about childcare providers closing this winter


Tulip Siddiq MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Children and Early Years, responding to a warning from the County Councils Network that one in ten childcare providers in England could close this winter rising to one in four in the rural and remote areas most at risk, said:

  “Parents rely on childcare to be able to do their jobs. Those jobs and our economic recovery will be put at risk if one in ten nurseries and childminders are forced to close over winter, not to mention the impact on children who rely on early education.

“Labour has been warning about childcare closures for months, yet Ministers have sat on their hands as the early years sector and workforce move ever closer to a cliff edge.

“It is time for this incompetent Government to start listening and start targeting support at sectors like childcare which need it the most.”