Sir Al Aynsley-Green accused the government of denying the importance of children’s early years and depriving the most vulnerable in society of the support they need when very young. Aynsley-Green, a paediatric endocrinologist who served as the children’s commissioner for England from 2005 to 2009, said an independent national inquiry was needed to investigate the realities of early years provision, which he described as a postcode lottery. The Guardian reports.
Low pay and the lack of training and respect given to staff in nurseries and pre-school were to blame, he said: “Staff in the UK try their very best: they have the passion and desire to do a great job. But they also have poor pay, a lack of status and a lack of recognition for the job they do.” According to a report by the Low Pay Commission, more than 40% of childcare staff who should be on the national living wage were underpaid last year. Wages in the sector have fallen by 5% in real terms since 2013, the Education Policy Institute has found.
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