In recent years, the early years sector has had issues with teacher and staff recruitment and retention. A restriction on the free movement of people could further intensify recruitment concerns. However, at this point, any thoughts about the possible restriction on the free movement of people are speculative.

Some early years experts are noting that any reduction in welfare and increase in poverty as a result of Brexit may increase demand on services and increase expenses for nurseries. Additionally, some commentators have voiced concerns that the 30 hours free childcare initiative may be forgotten by the government, or possibly even scrapped given national finance concerns. We would advise that it is likely that major policy decisions will be held off until the current government is in a more stable position. This has already been highlighted in a letter by Sam Gyimah, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Childcare and Education, dated 27 June 2016, informing the Education Select Committee that he is not yet in a position to confirm the outcome of the first stage of the national funding formulae consultation to a select committee hearing scheduled to take place on 6 July 2016.

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Posted on 01/07/2016 in Brexit Briefcase

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