RAFFF Childcare and Early Years submission

Wednesday 15th March 2023

Evidence provided by the RAF Families Federation (RAFFF) in response to the Department for Educations request for submissions on the provisions of Childcare and Early Years has been published.

Last December (2022) the Department for Education asked for submissions on the provision of Childcare and Early Years. Today we were informed our submission has been accepted and published.

Further updates will be provided when the full report is published.

Your experience matters

We were able to submit written evidence because of the evidence you provided us with. Most recently, a snapshot survey in January 2023, to which we received almost 200 responses, and with the evidence provided in the RAFFF 2021 Childcare survey.

Childcare and Early Years findings

The key findings from within our submission highlighted concerns surrounding the availability and affordability of childcare provision:

  • The affordability of childcare is a concern for some RAF families.
  • Insufficient childcare is a challenge for RAF families in certain locations.
  • Lack of affordable childcare (or in some locations, lack of any childcare options at all) can lead to difficulties in spousal employment and may in turn negatively impact Service personnel retention rates.
  • Parents/carers do not always understand what Government support they may be entitled to with the cost of childcare.
  • The impact of access to good quality, affordable childcare and early years provision that meets the needs of the RAF community cannot be understated.

View the Childcare and Early Years written evidence submission in full, here >


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