25/06/20 – The Early Years is the Forgotten Sector, Writes Shannon Pite of the Early Years Alliance

The Forgotten Sector report

Early years membership organisation the Early Years Alliance has published a new report, The Forgotten Sector, which details the financial impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the early years sector in England. In spite of existing government support schemes, many nurseries, pre-schools and childminders across the country have raised serious concerns about their long-term viability as a result of the pandemic, with one in four stating that it is “likely” that they will close within the year.

The Alliance’s report outlines and explains the key reasons for these concerns through an analysis of the responses to the organisation’s recent surveys on the impact of the pandemic on the childcare sector, and a comprehensive overview of the key challenges facing the sector including gaps in current government support schemes.

The Forgotten Sector also includes a series of recommendations on steps that the government could take to ensure that childcare providers are able to stay afloat during this difficult period and beyond. 

The full report is available to download here.

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