Affordable and Accessible Childcare

Part of Education – in the House of Commons on 4th July 2022.

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Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi The Secretary of State for Education

On the maintained nurseries, the hon. Gentleman is quite right. When I was children and families Minister, I saw the great work they do. We have announced £10 million of additional support for maintained nurseries. We are investing up to £180 million specifically on early years recovery to address the impacts of the pandemic. That includes £153 million investment in evidence-based professional development for early years practitioners, which are equally important for the sector, because, clearly it is a tight labour market at the moment.