Poor children’s future access to early years provision
Lloyd-Reichling, E. 2012. Poor children’s future access to early years provision. in: Ending child poverty by 2020: progress made and lessons learned Child Povery Action Group.
Like its predecessor, this government is keen for poor children to take up early years provision and improve their life chances. But this analysis suggests that quality, take-up and the funding and delivery models associated with current early education and care policies put equitable access at risk, particularly when child poverty levels are rising. Although the current government has retained, and indeed is expanding, early education provision, it appears to be doing so as a substitute for, rather than alongside, childcare support and a more extensive income support strategy. Fiscal support for childcare costs has been curtailed, while further proposed changes to tax and benefits are limiting families’ use of childcare. This in turn may adversely affect the childcare market, which has a major role in delivering both the two- and three-year-old early education entitlement. Reconsidering and reconfiguring policy in these areas is urgent and necessary.
|Keywords||child poverty; early years education; CPAG|
|Book title||Ending child poverty by 2020: progress made and lessons learned|
|Publisher||Child Povery Action Group|
|12 Jun 2012|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||21 Jun 2012|
|Web address (URL)||http://www.cpag.org.uk/sites/default/files/CPAG-Ending-child-poverty-by-2020-progress-made-lessons-learned-0612_0.pdf|
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