We are pleased to share that we have recently become a sponsor of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Childcare and Early Education. The APPG brings together Parliamentarians and leading voices in the childcare and early education sector to promote and facilitate discussion on key policy issues.
The Montessori Group and the APPG are closely aligned in supporting early years settings to give all children the best possible start in life. The APPG’s recent calls on the Government include commissioning an independent review into the costs of delivering childcare and education, to ensure that settings are financially stable and can operate sustainably, and for children and families to have easy access to the early education and care they need to thrive.
These calls are echoed by our own calls on the Government to provide better financial support for the early years sector, clearer guidance for parents and practitioners over transmission rates among the 0-5 age group – and between this group and adults – and our demand for early years practitioners to be prioritised for the vaccine.
The Montessori Group’s CEO, Leonor Stjepic, says, “We are passionate about ensuring that the early education sector has a voice and look forward to working together to shape a better future for early years.”
The last year has been a particularly difficult one for early years practitioners, who have played a vital role in continuing to educate and support our children throughout the pandemic. Through our participation in the Early Years Coalition and sponsorship of the APPG for Childcare and Early Education, along with sponsorship from the likes of the Early Years Alliance and National Day Nurseries Association, we hope to help progress the conversation around early years and what needs to change as we look to build education back better.