Coronavirus: Childcare sector faces collapse, MP warns

One in four UK nurseries face permanent closure. (Mehdi Fedouach/Getty)

Labour’s Tulip Siddiq has warned one in four nurseries in the UK could permanently close due to the impact of coronavirus.

Many have struggled since lockdown measures forced them to shut their doors.

The warning by Siddiq follows a survey of 3,000 nurseries, pre-schools and childminders in England by the Early Years Alliance.

The survey found that a quarter face permanent closure within a year, and 74% think the government has not provided enough support during the coronavirus crisis.

It also found that 47% of childcare providers may need to make staff redundant following the government’s U-turn last month on access to furlough funding for nursery workers.

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Siddiq, Labour’s shadow minister for children and early years, said: “The childcare sector is on the brink of collapse. This survey is further evidence that the government’s lack of support is forcing nurseries and other providers to close and sack staff. 

“Losing a quarter of our childcare providers in this crisis would have a devastating impact on working families. Ministers need to wake up to the reality that many vital early years providers will be lost forever unless they step in to save our childcare.”