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In response to the Chancellor's announcements on childcare in today's Budget, Ellen Broomé, Managing Director of Coram Family and Childcare, said:

We welcome the Chancellor’s commitment in today’s Budget to guarantee rates being paid to providers over the next two years. We have been vocal in our concerns that the sector will struggle to meet parents' needs because of the gap between the funding rates and the real cost of delivery.

This is a good first step but the funding is only being put in place for the next two financial years – we call on all parties to support this move and to commit to increasing funding beyond that period. This would give parents, children and employers long-term certainty for an affordable and sustainable childcare system.

The Chancellor’s announcement does not address these existing, systemic challenges -including ensuring high quality affordable childcare is available to lower income families or addressing the recruitment and retention crisis in the childcare sector.

In a fortnight, we will be publishing our annual childcare survey, and year after year this has set out the growing challenges parents have faced with ever higher costs and an increasing lack of places.

We will continue to make the case for genuine, radical reform of the childcare system, and call for a right to early education for all children regardless of parents’ or carers' background, and bringing early years education into line with schools. This would provide a genuinely transformative start in life for all our children.

For more information, please contact Emma Lamberton, Communications Manager, Coram at / 0207 520 0427 / 07908 827908. For our latest research on barriers to successful delivery of the expansion of funded childcare, see our Childcare Survey 2024 early release:

About Coram Family and Childcare

Coram Family and Childcare works to make the UK a better place for families by bringing together what we learn from our on the ground parent-led programmes and our research to campaign for solutions that parents want and need. We focus on childcare and early years to make a difference to families’ lives now and in the long term.