The Guardian is reporting that a recent survey has found that Brexit could worsen a recruitment crisis in nurseries, which could jeopardise the quality of care.
A workforce survey by the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) shows qualification levels dropping for the first time amid rising staff turnover, caused primarily by the requirement for qualified staff to have a GCSE grade C or above in maths and English.
The sector is warning that Brexit will only intensify the crisis in recruitment and retention of nursery workers, if staff from EU countries feel obliged to leave the UK.
Stella Ziolkowski, NDNA’s director of quality and workforce development, said: “The results of our latest workforce survey show the breadth of this recruitment and retention crisis, backing up anecdotal information from our members.
“Numbers of qualified staff are dropping too low, which will have a detrimental impact on the quality of early years education, the single most important factor in reducing the attainment gap and supporting children to achieve.”
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