Russell Hobby, Teach First’s Chief Executive said:
“It is encouraging to see the Labour Party making a commitment to further investment in childcare. Ensuring quality in this area delivers immense value in helping set a child on the right path in life.
“This year, we found that on average more than 8 pupils in each reception class were unprepared to begin their education, according to the level expected - with children from poorer backgrounds most likely to have fallen behind.
“If we want to change this, we urgently need even more talented and passionate individuals to take on the challenge of teaching in early years classrooms, particularly in schools and nurseries serving disadvantaged communities. Building the right foundations at the start can put a child on track, instead of constantly having to play catch-up.”