Strong Early Years London

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 24th May 2022.

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Photo of Marina Ahmad Marina Ahmad Labour

Can you provide an update on the Strong Early Years London programme, and include how many providers were supported by the end of March 2022 through its universal support offer?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

My Strong Early Years London programme, designed to provide business support to London’s early years sector as it emerged from the pandemic, ran from June 2021 until the end of March of this year. It offered a range of support from webinars and local surgeries to bespoke one-to-one support for the most at risk early years providers. These offers were accessed by over 1300 nurseries and childminders. Through Strong Early Years London, we also created and launched an online one-stop-shop for early years business support, which attracted over 1700 unique page views. Recorded webinars created through the programme have also been viewed over 2000 times on YouTube.

Nurseries and childminders can still access resources for free through the one-stop-shop. In fact, I have invested a further £30,000 this year to ensure that this resource becomes a sustainable legacy of the programme.