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Briefings and responses

On behalf of its membership, the cross-party LGA regularly submits to Government consultations, briefs parliamentarians and responds to a wide range of parliamentary inquiries. Our recent responses to government consultations and parliamentary briefings can be found here.

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Expansion of free childcare hours

High quality early years provision can generate sustained and significant improvements on children’s outcomes, reducing disparities in later life. Wider reform of the childcare system is needed to provide a truly accessible and affordable offer for parents in every community.

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Westminster Hall Debate: Nursery Provision in the South West

High-quality early years provision can have a positive impact on children, particularly disadvantaged children, in terms of their immediate development and long-term outcomes.

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Early years education funding - House of Commons, 21 July 2021

Good quality early education makes a difference to children’s lives. Pre-school has almost as much impact on a child’s education achievement as primary school does – and the impact is even greater for those at risk of developing learning difficulties. Recent policy changes have extended the reach of early education to more children and for longer. They have also supported more parents into work, or to work more hours.

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Wellbeing of children under five and supporting the early years sector affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, House of Commons 20 January 2021

The early years sector experienced challenges throughout the first national lockdown with more than 69,000 early years providers temporarily closing during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Effect of the COVID-19 outbreak on early years settings, House of Commons, 12 January 2021

In our Child-centred recovery report, we highlight how effective, high quality early years provision makes a difference to young children, helping to break the cycle of disadvantage, improving social mobility and offering them a good start in life. Early years providers have continued to support children throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

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LGA response to the DfE consultation 'Eligibility for free school meals and the early years pupil premium under Universal Credit', January 2018

The LGA's full response to the four consultation questions, as well as some additional questions and comments.

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LGA response to the DfE consultation ‘Eligibility for the free early years entitlement for two-year-olds under Universal Credit’, January 2018

The LGA supports the provision of free early education for disadvantaged two-year-olds, in addition to the wider offer for all families.

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