The comments made by Tulip Siddiq, the Shadow Minister for Children and Early Years, on 12 May 2021.
Labour has repeatedly warned that a decade of Conservative neglect and the impact of the pandemic could force thousands of early years providers to shut their doors forever. This worrying data shows that our worst fears are being realised.
The Government’s rhetoric on early years has not been matched by reality and today’s promises will ring hollow for the thousands of parents struggling to find affordable early years education, childcare and support.
Ministers need to start listening to families and come forward with a proper plan rebuild this essential infrastructure after a decade of neglect.