I have been involved in a number debates & roundtables recently on the importance of childcare and the Early Years. As parent to two young children I absolutely appreciate the important role that the Early Years sector plays in supporting childhood development and local parents.
I was able to highlight Swindon’s excellent provision, including the Minister’s recent visit to meet Becky Cruise (owner of Imagination Childcare) and Cllr Jo Morris (owner of Playsteps Day Nursery) where we were able to discuss: costs, funding, support for SEND, business rates, ratios and OFSTED qualifications. All crucial for shaping future Government policies.
I am very grateful to Jo and Becky for sharing their knowledge and experience, which shaped my contribution in this debate.