Select Committee on Education and Employment Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum from the Kids' Club Network (EYF 12)

  Kids' Clubs Network is pleased to have the opportunity to respond to the Education and Employment Committee's report on Early Years. Kids' Clubs Network is the national organisation for out of school childcare in England and Wales and has, therefore, most interest in the development of high quality practice in childcare and play across all age-ranges. We welcome the committee's report on Early Years (zero to seven years) and would encourage the committee to consider the issue of childcare for zero to 14 years.

  Kids' Clubs Network recognises and welcomes the government's major investment in the early years and childcare (zero to 14 years) over the last three years. It believes the key issues for strong, high quality and affordable growth over coming years will be:

    —  an improved recognition of the importance of early years and childcare by policy makers and decision makers, including local authorities, regeneration agencies and Learning Skills Councils;

    —  continued investment to build viable and sustainable early years and childcare for all families;

    —  recruitment and training of a qualified workforce, to include playworkers for out of school childcare settings. A qualified teacher is not required in an out of school setting;

    —  continuous quality improvement targets and support to ensure 40 per cent of all childcare is quality assured by 2004;

    —  a 10 year plan with targets to guarantee and early years and childcare place for all families who need one by 2010.

April 2001

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