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Support for childcare and the early years

Inquiry

The Education Committee has launched an inquiry into support for childcare and the early years. The inquiry will examine how easy to navigate the current childcare system is for parents and carers, and whether current childcare entitlements are providing families with affordable and flexible childcare. The Committee will assess the effectiveness of the different funding entitlements, including those funded by the Department for Education, the Tax-Free Childcare scheme and support for childcare from the benefits and tax credit system.

Additionally, it will examine how support for childcare impacts upon parents/carers returning to work.

The inquiry will also explore early years provisions and examine how it prepares young children for their transition into primary education.

It will also look at the current workforce issues faced by early years practitioners, and the extent to which the Covid-19 pandemic may have worsened existing workforce challenges.

The Committee’s new inquiry will also look at the Government’s consultation on changing childcare ratios in early years settings, which proposed changing the current staff-to-child ratios from 1:4 to 1:5 for 2-year-olds.

Read the call for evidence for more detail about the inquiry. You can submit evidence until 23:59 on Thursday 19 January 2023. Your submission should be no more than 3000 words.

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Thursday 19 January 2023.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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Fifth Report - Support for childcare and the early years
Inquiry Support for childcare and the early years
HC 969
Report
Response to this report
Sixth Special Report - Support for childcare and the early years: Government response to the Committee’s Fifth Report
HC 1902
Special Report
Sixth Special Report - Support for childcare and the early years: Government response to the Committee’s Fifth Report
Inquiry Support for childcare and the early years
HC 1902
Special Report

Oral evidence transcripts

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9 May 2023
Inquiry Support for childcare and the early years
Witnesses Department for Education, and Department for Education
Oral Evidence
18 April 2023
Inquiry Support for childcare and the early years
Witnesses Iain Mansfield (Director of Research and Head of Education and Science at Policy Exchange), Adam Hawksbee (Deputy Director at Onward), and Dr Tammy Campbell (Early Years Lead at Education Policy Institute)
Oral Evidence
18 April 2023
Inquiry Support for childcare and the early years
Witnesses Christine Farquharson (Associate Director at Institute for Fiscal Studies), Professor Eva Lloyd (Director at International Centre for the Study of the Mixed Economy of Childcare, University of East London), and Professor Birgitta Rabe (Professor of Economics at Institute for Social and Economic Success)
Oral Evidence
Alice J Bennett (Chair at Worcestershire Independent Providers) (CEY1725)
Childminder Roundtable Summary (CEY1724)
Department for Education (CEY1721)

Contact us

  • Email: educom@parliament.uk
  • Phone: 020 7219 2370 (general enquiries) | 020 7219 8895 (media enquiries)
  • Address: Education Committee, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA