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Two decades of ‘relentless’ policy changes, lack of investment and low pay have led to early years teachers feeling devalued and ready to leave their profession.
Just under three-quarters of parents would rather send their child to a nursery with an early years teacher than one without, new research suggests.
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.
A group of early years teachers is campaigning to be awarded qualified teacher status in a bid to boost their standing and pay.
The Department for Education remains vague over when it will publish its workforce strategy, despite criticism from a government spending watchdog for not having one while launching the 30-hours policy.
Early Years Teacher courses are being scrapped across the country, while some new EYTs are going straight onto qualified teacher courses, a Nursery World investigation has found.
The DfE has extended the bursary scheme for graduate entry to Early Years Teacher Status courses to those with 2.2 degrees for 2016/17.
Three fifths of early years graduates have considered leaving the profession in the past six months, according to a new survey.
Early Years Teachers will no longer need GCSE English and Maths at grade C and above to count in Level 3 workforce ratios, following yet another Government revision to qualification requirements.
The Government has decided to review rules on GCSE equivalents after it emerged that they may disqualify childcare graduates from being able to count in ratios.
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