Biggs and Labour one of the first to sign on to the British Association for Early Childhood Education commitments
Pledge to stop cuts to early years provision and support high-quality provision for all that will benefit young children and their families now, and for years to come.
John Biggs, Labour's Mayoral Candidate for Tower Hamlets in London, has signed up to the British Association for Early Childhood Education (BAECE) Early Years pledges that seek to protect early years provision in Tower Hamlets and across the country. One of the pledges is to protect Children's Centres which support people from all backgrounds and are community facilities.
Early interventions have a profoundly positive impact on the development of children and like BAECE, John Biggs and Labour believe that every child deserves the best possible start in life to support their wellbeing, learning and development.
Signing onto the Early Years commitments are just the latest policy announcement from John Biggs and Labour that focuses on children and families coming on the back of their powerful pledge to deliver Free School Meals to all primary school aged children in the borough.
The Early Years Pledge:
1. Protect Children’s Centres, with services for all families and extra support for those in greatest need
2. Protect Maintained Nursery Schools
3. Keep specialist local authority early years teams and a role for the local authority in ensuring quality
4. Protect specialist services for young children with disabilities and special educational needs, together with support for their families
5. Promote the best interests of summer-born children
John Biggs, Labour’s candidate for Mayor of Tower Hamlets, today said:
"This is an area we're very committed to in the Labour Party, both nationally and locally, and is particularly important for a borough like Tower Hamlets with such high levels of child poverty.
“We are reassured that this campaign takes a pragmatic approach to the spending pressures local authorities face, but seeks commitment to prioritising the delivery of early years services in line with all of our principles.
“I'm proud to sign the pledge and commit to ensuring universal, good quality early years provision is protected for all our families, if elected in May."
Beatrice Merrick, Chief Executive of Early Education, said:
“We’re delighted to have John Biggs as the first supporter of our Early Years Pledge campaign. Our branches across the country will be calling on their local candidates to follow his lead, but we’re particularly glad to see support from John here in Tower Hamlets where our headquarters is based.
“We understand that local authorities face difficult decisions about budgets, but protecting early years budgets now is an investment in children’s futures, and recognises the key role of early intervention to give children the best start in life.”
Sirajul Islam, Tower Hamlets Labour Group Leader, said:
“The Labour Party has a proud history of sticking up for children and families and we are pleased to sign onto these pledges that will protect services that are vital to the well being of children.
We will keep fighting for early years services because we know the difference a good start in life can have on later development – these pledges are our commitment to a better future for the children of Tower Hamlets.”
Cllr Amy Whitelock-Gibbs, Shadow Cabinet Member for Children and Adult Services said:
"We know from speaking to parents how important community services like children's centres and nurseries are for supporting families and bringing communities together. With a growing young population and high level of need locally, it's crucial we preserve early years services."