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A nationwide shortage of ‘10,000 trained nursery teachers’ is putting a quarter of a million children at risk of falling behind, a charity claims.

Schools are beginning to see the benefits of their teaching assistant workforce just as the TAs themselves are facing major cuts to their terms and conditions and, in many cases, pay. Charlotte Goddard reports

Nearly 1,000 teaching assistants in Durham have voted overwhelmingly to strike over plans by Durham County Council to cut their pay, which will see some lose nearly a quarter of their wages next April.

The young poor are bearing the brunt of apprenticeship funding cuts, early years training providers have warned.

Nursery nurse at Tinies Day Nursery in Gloucester

Plans to slash funding for early years apprentices have been upheld by the Government, despite an outcry.

Ten nurseries across England have become the first to achieve Millie’s Mark, the new quality mark for excellence in paediatric first aid for early years settings.

The National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) is calling for government to act to reverse the ‘catastrophic recruitment crisis’ after research confirmed qualification levels are falling - because of the GCSE requirement.

Early years wages remain significantly below the national average and out of line with inflation, exclusive research by Nursery World and the Pre-school Learning Alliance reveals.

The latest research from Nursery World and the Pre-school Learning Alliance is in. Shannon Hawthorne, the Alliance’s press and public affairs director, and Michelle Brown, its human resources adviser, highlight the key findings