The first years of a child’s life play a significant role in determining their chances later in life. It’s a crucial period for social mobility as it’s when the gap in outcomes between poorer children and their more affluent peers first takes hold.

Tulip Siddiq MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Children and Early Years, commenting on the Sutton Trust’s call for early years to be at the heart of education recovery, said:

“Children’s recovery after coronavirus has to focus on early education and support. Yet the Government has allowed the early years sector to collapse, with 2,000 providers lost since the start of the year.

“We owe it to the next generation to deliver an ambitious education recovery plan. Instead, the Government is pressing ahead with a stealth cut to pupil premium funding for disadvantaged children and allowing nurseries to close.

“It is time for Conservative Ministers to recognise that early years provision shapes children’s life chances and prioritise this vital infrastructure as we emerge from the pandemic.”

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