Batley & Spen MP Tracy Brabin has been appointed to Labour’s front bench in the role of Shadow Minister for Early Years.
The role sits within the Shadow Education team, led by Angela Rayner, MP for Ashton-under-Lyne.
Labour’s popular manifesto offered significant improvements in the policy area and Tracy Brabin is looking forward to building on the work already done and holding the government to account.
The manifesto committed to:
- Overhaul the existing childcare system in which subsidies are given directly to parents who often struggle to use them, and transition to a system of high-quality childcare places in mixed environments with direct government subsidy.
- Maintain current commitments on free hours and make significant capital investment during our first two years of government, to ensure that the places exist to meet demand.
- Phase in subsidised provision on top of free-hour entitlements, to ensure that everyone has access to affordable childcare, no matter their working pattern.
- Transition to a qualified, graduate-led workforce, by increasing staff wages and enhancing training opportunities. This will benefit staff, who are among our worst-paid workers, and improve child development.
- Extend the 30 free hours to all two year-olds, and move towards making some childcare available for one year-olds and extending maternity pay to 12 months.
Commenting on the appointment Tracy Brabin said;
“It’s an honour to be asked to serve on Labour’s front bench and I’m delighted to join Angela Rayner’s shadow education team. I’m passionate about all children receiving the best possible start in life and we know early years can set the tone for a lifetime so we’ve got to get it right. For too many parents the cost of childcare keeps them out of work, which isn’t acceptable so we can and must do better.
“We in Batley & Spen know the devastating impact Tory cuts have made to Sure Start centres and the entitlement to free childcare is chronically under-funded, with provision patchy and hard to navigate. I’m looking forward to working hard to secure a better deal for parents and children.”
Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn said;
“I am pleased to welcome Tracy Brabin to Labour’s front bench. With the government planning to hit schools up and down the country with cuts, Tracy’s passion for children having the best possible start in life, and importance of introducing children to the arts, will make her an asset to Labour’s Education team.”