The 'Support for childcare and the early years' report has been published by the Education Committee today (26 July). It looks into a number of issues including childcare funding following the Spring Budget announcements, SEND provision and the quality of care. The full report is available on the UK Parliament website.

Responding to its findings, Shauna Leven, Chief Executive of Twins Trust, said: "While we welcome the report and the many important points it makes about early years education, there is still a great deal of work to do for families with multiples.

"The report notes that the most common concern from parents and carers was the high and rising cost of childcare. Many of our parents want to return to work but cannot due to the high cost of childcare and accessibility of places. As many in the multiples' community recognise, this can have knock-on effects on child development, career progression, mental health and family life that cannot be undone. 

"The report says how crucial good quality early education is, especially in preparing children for school. We are pleased to see the importance of effective early intervention and support for improving outcomes with children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

"We want to be sure that our families are not disadvantaged in any way with regard to early education for their children. 

"We welcome the recommendation that the government needs to look at ways to support parents who choose to stay at home. The government needs to improve awareness of the support available to all families, including funded hours and tax-free childcare.

"We continue to campaign for our families and make sure that their voices are heard to give their children the best start in life in their early years."