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Dame Clare Tickell responds to government announcements on early years care
29 January 2013
Following today's speech from Education Minister Liz Truss on
changes to early years care, Dame Clare Tickell, Chief Executive of
Action for Children and Chair of the Government's Independent
Review into the Early Years Foundation Stage, commented:
"It's essential that children receive high quality care at the
earliest stages of their life to set them up with the building
blocks for their future and help them reach their potential. That's
why we welcome today's commitment to invest in a highly skilled
workforce, and the recognition that staff should be valued for the
vital role that they play.
"However children must have dedicated one to one time with staff
to help them learn and develop, and we would be concerned if this
is compromised. This is particularly crucial for the most
vulnerable and disadvantaged children, who we know can thrive with
intensive and tailored support.
"Key to this is having high quality staff who have the time to
assess their needs, and offer appropriate care and support as a
result. This will help ensure that all our children are on a level
playing field as they grow into adults."