The Childcare Voucher Providers Association (CVPA) has been launched as the industry body to represent employer-supported childcare providers and to promote best practice within the sector.
The CVPA has set out a code of practice for its members, with particular emphasis on the required standards to ensure the secure delivery of parents’ voucher funds and to protect the integrity of their personal data.
Fiona Shields, chair of the CVPA, said: “The launch of the CVPA and the publication of the code of practice marks an important moment for the childcare voucher providers industry.
“By coming together to drive forward best practice, members of the CVPA are demonstrating their commitment to providing both parents and carers with the highest standards of service.
“The establishment of the CVPA will help ensure the successful and effective continuation of the childcare vouchers scheme and its role in developing a vibrant and diverse childcare sector.”
Julian Foster, managing director of Computershare Voucher Services (CVS), added: “CVS is proud to be a founder member of the CVPA and I welcome the stability that the code of practice will help ensure in the industry.
“I wholeheartedly support the principles of the code which will provide parents, employers and carers with the certainty that childcare voucher providers are working to a uniform industry standard.”
Purnima Tanuku, chief executive of National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA), said: “NDNA welcomes the launch of the CVPA and we hope that it will help remove some of the common issues in the current voucher system.
“Nurseries understand the value of childcare vouchers to families, and how crucial they are for parents in ensuring that work pays.
“The CVPA sets out the minimum standards that parents and childcare providers can expect and we hope that voucher companies will accept the CVPA as an industry standard and work to ensure that they meet these.
“We look forward to the CVPA code of practice being implemented by voucher companies and hopefully hearing feedback about how this has improved the experience of vouchers for both families and nurseries.”
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