Sam Gyimah's childcare responsibilities confirmed

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The responsibilities of the new childcare and education minister have now been confirmed by the Department for Education.

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The childcare and education minister Sam Gyimah has responsibilty for early years

Under his childcare and early years brief, Sam Gyimah, parliamentary under secretary of state for childcare and education, will be responsible for:

  • Early years funding and delivery of free entitlements
  • Childcare availability and market
  • Childcare workforce, quality and regulation
  • Early years education and the EYFS
  • Wrap-a-round childcare provision
  • Department for Education links to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

The confirmation follows weeks of speculation by the sector about whether Sam Gyimah would be taking over the same areas overseen by Elizabeth Truss, who was promoted to environment secretary in the Cabinet's reshuffle.

It comes nearly a month after the Conservative MP for East Surrey was left to out himself on Twitter as taking on responsibility for childcare and early years on 21 July after no confirmation was forthcoming from the Department for Education.

Sam Gyimah is also parliamentary secretary at the Cabinet Office.

The responsibilities of the new education minister Nick Gibb, however, have yet to be published on GOV.UK.