The government must prioritise the future of children here and abroad.
We should all be proud that UK aid has made a significant contribution to the development and improvements in hundreds of millions of people’s lives, including supporting 11 million children through school and helping to immunise 67.1 million children against preventable diseases. I believe that UK aid should continue to focus on ending poverty, and should be spent in the most transparent and effective way possible.
The early years of a child’s life have a major impact on child development and are essential to their future life chances. I stood for election on a manifesto that promised to overhaul the existing childcare system and move towards a system of high-quality childcare places as part of a National Education Service. This would include increasing staff wages and enhancing training opportunities, in order to establish a qualified, graduate-led early years workforce. I can therefore assure you that I will continue to champion children’s early learning in the UK.