Response to DfE Childcare and Early Years Survey 2015

03 March 2016
Responding to the DfE’s Childcare and Early Years Survey of Parents: 2014 to 2015, 4Children Chief Executive, Imelda Redmond CBE said:

It is welcome news that there has been an increase in the number of parents rating the quality of their local childcare provision highly, but this report shows a worrying lack of progress in the use of formal childcare in more deprived areas.
“High quality childcare is vital for children in their early years and can have a significant impact on their future prospects. News that less than half (49%)[1] of children in the most deprived areas receive formal childcare, compared to 65% of their counterparts in the least deprived areas, is a social mobility issue.
“There has been no improvement in these rates since 2013 -if we are to close the attainment gap which is already obvious when children start school, increasing quality childcare usage in deprived areas must be a priority.
Lower income families are already less likely to receive government funded 15 hours of early education[2] - we need to see renewed efforts to ensure the new 30 hours entitlement focuses on improving take-up of quality childcare in more deprived parts of the country.

Notes to Editors:
All figures taken from the Department for Education’s Childcare and Early Years Survey of Parents: 2014 to 2015 
[1] Use of childcare, by area deprivation: 49% usage of formal childcare in the most deprived areas versus 65% in the least deprived areas Table C2.7 p.292
[2] Receipt of the entitlement to government funded early education shows variation by family annual income. Among families earning below £10,000 per year receipt of the entitlement was 80%, and this rose throughout the income scale to 94% among those earning £45,000 or more Table C2.19 in Appendix C p.300 



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