The BBC is reporting that a charity has warned young children’s education is in jeopardy as there is a shortage of qualified nursery teachers.
Last year more than a quarter of a million under-fives attended non-state nurseries without a qualified teacher, says a report by Save the Children. Applications for early years teacher training have plummeted, leaving nurseries struggling, say the authors.
The government said staff quality was already good and continued to improve. Contact with highly qualified staff is crucial to young children’s development, says the report.
Save the Children wants the government to invest in a qualified early years teacher for every nursery in England, starting with impoverished areas including Blackpool, Oldham, Birmingham and Barking and Dagenham in east London.
“If the government is serious about creating a country that works for everyone, it’s crucial we urgently invest in a qualified teacher for every nursery across the country, giving children the support they need to reach their full potential,” said Gareth Jenkins, Save the Children’s director of UK poverty.
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