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A pilot Early Years Teacher training course, which trained staff for Bright Horizons, has been scrapped for September due to lack of demand.
Half of all nurseries are saying that they can’t find staff to fill vacancies, according to the new National Day Nurseries Association Workforce survey.
Early years practitioners are ‘failing’ young children over maths skills, a campaign group has said.
Nurseries can now tender for the School Direct programme, an initiative to train Early Years Teachers by giving nurseries more control over the training of their workforce.
The Government's consultation on the introduction of the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) encourages early years providers to use the funding to make their settings 'teacher-led'.
Some childminders are being put off enrolling for Early Years Teacher courses in September because of the requirement to undertake at least two weeks' work experience in a school.
Teaching schools are to play a greater role in supporting the early years sector, Elizabeth Truss said last week.
The Government is expanding the School Direct programme, which offers work-based training for graduates, to the early years from this September.
Significant expansion of the Early Years Teacher programme is underway with the number of training providers set to increase from the existing eight to more than 40 for 2014/15.
The National College for Teaching and Leadership has confirmed that while EYPS and Early Years Teacher are equivalent, they are distinct awards with different standards.
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