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Government urged to reject teaching qualifications for early years professionals

5 Nov 2012

Children's services trade union, Aspect, has warned that the government should scrap plans to introduce teaching qualifications for early years professionals or risk damaging the quality of care provided to children.

The union met with Department of Education representatives to caution them against implementing recommendations published in the government-commissioned Nutbrown report.

Cathy Nutbrown’s review on early years qualifications suggested that an early years specialist route to Qualified Teacher Status should replace the current Early Years Professional Status currently held by around 10,000 early years practitioners.

But Aspect claimed that such a move would lower standards of care in early years provision and could lead to a reduction in the overall number of early years professionals.

Claire Dent, Professional Lead for the Early Years National Committee at Aspect said:

It would encourage people not to come into the profession – and it has been a struggle to get graduates into the profession. But it would also encourage people to leave the profession, either to go into teaching or to just leave because they’re so disheartened.

Ultimately, that would have an effect on the quality of care that is being delivered to the most vulnerable children in society, and we want to hold on to the best people.

Representatives from the Department of Education and childcare minister Elizabeth Truss said a decision about whether to adopt the requirement and how it might be paid for was still under discussion.

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