Save the Children responds to the Queen's Speech
Save the Children says it is 'vital' that the Government invests in nursery quality.
Gareth Jenkins, Director of UK Poverty, Save the Children said: “The expansion of free childcare is welcome progress in supporting parents to work and reducing childcare bills. But it is vital that the government invests not just in quantity of childcare, but also in nursery quality. Too many children, particularly the poorest, are falling behind before they even reach school - failing to develop early language and communication skills which are the building blocks of learning and reading. Targeted new investment to ensure every nursery is led by a qualified early years teacher would have decisive impact in closing the attainment gap for the poorest children - boosting their reading, school attainment and life chances.”