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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%) 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 - 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.