Children risk falling behind by age four because nursery teachers are poorly educated, report suggests

The Telegraph is reporting that a quarter of early years practitioners – which includes child-minders as well as nursery teachers and assistants – have no qualifications beyond GCSEs, according to the Education Policy Institute (EPI).

Meanwhile A-levels are their highest qualification for just over a third (36 per cent) of those working with toddlers, the report found.

Sara Bonetti, the report’s author, said: “There is national and international evidence which shows that a highly skilled and highly qualified workforce has a positive benefit for children.

“This can be physical development, such as sitting down or holding a pen correctly, socio-emotional development and cognitive development which are key to school-readiness, and pre-literacy skills like recognising letters and sounds.”

The report, supported by the Nuffield Foundation, also examined the salaries of nursery workers, and found that real-terms pay decreases means that on average, their pay in 2018 was virtually the same as that of hairdressers and beauticians. 

Last year, almost half (44.5 per cent) of early years workers were claiming benefits, the EPI’s research showed.

A separate study shows that children with poor vocabulary at age five are more than twice as likely to be unemployed at age 34 as children with good vocabulary.

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