Even before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, the early childhood development sector was battling excessive red tape. But the impacts of Covid-19 and the lockdown have been devastating – attendance dropped to an 18-year low of just 13%, more than 100,000 jobs may already have been lost and 1.8 million children are at risk of not being able to access early childhood development services if programmes are unable to reopen.

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