ENYAN Early years providers ‘underrepresented’ on funding panels

Local authorities are making “unfair and unbalanced” early years funding decisions because the sector is underrepresented on official decision-making forums, a childcare organisation has claimed.

The Pre-school Learning Alliance said findings from a series of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests show that private, voluntary and independent (PVI) early years providers are underrepresented on the majority of school forums.

It found that 70 per cent of school forums in England – which advise local councils on education funding allocations – have the statutory minimum of one representative speaking for the PVI early years sector in their local area.

The organisation has called for legislative change to require local authorities to include proportional representation on school forums, asserting that one PVI representative is too few. 

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