Childcare review suggests nursery staff need ‘A Levels’ to look after children
A new review of early years education suggests that in order to ensure children get a good start, nursery and childcare staff need to have the equivalent of at least two A Levels.
The report on improving pre-school education calls for nursery staff to have GCSE English and Maths before starting a childcare course and to then increase their skills by earning A-level standard professional qualifications.
Prof Cathy Nutbrown, who led the review said: "Early education and care needs to support babies' and young children's all-round well-being and development.
"That is why I want the workforce to really understand child development, the importance of play, and have good English and maths skills.”
Charity 4Children has warned that as training will take longer, wages will need to be increased and more investment given by government.
This comes at the same time as a report showing that a quarter of childcare providers make a loss, despite high fees which can be difficult to afford for many parents.
As further research shows that six out of ten parents feel there isn’t sufficient childcare in their area, Downing Street has commissioned research in how to make childcare more affordable for parents.
Do you think nursery staff need to be more qualified in subjects like English and Maths? Or do you fear that this will lead to an increase in childcare fees?
Would you like Downing Street to cut some of the red tape in order to make things more affordable, such as letting childminders care for more children at once?