Comments made by Tulip Siddiq, the Shadow Minister for Children and Early Years, on 5 August 2020.
Years of underfunding has left childcare professionals working long hours for very low pay. This is driving talented staff out of the sector and letting down the young children whose life chances are shaped by vital early education.
Labour has been calling for targeted support to save the thousands of nurseries and childminding business that are threatened with closure due to Covid-19. But we cannot go back to undervaluing the childcare workforce after this crisis – we must invest in them for the sake of the next generation.