Voice: The Union for Education Professionals has welcomed the Commons Education Committee’s report, Tackling disadvantage in the early years, for highlighting the lack of government strategy on early years.
General Secretary Deborah Lawson said:
“We welcome this report for highlighting both the lack of government strategy on early years and the importance of quality of provision.
“The report’s conclusions that there ‘seems to be little strategic direction to Government policy on early years’ and ‘The Government does not appear to have an early years workforce strategy, encompassing recruitment, quality and retention’ are telling.
“We are pleased that the Committee has criticised the Government for its decision ‘not to fulfil its commitment to conducting the early years workforce feasibility study’ and recommended that it should develop a workforce strategy for the early years.
“We also welcome the recommendations that the Government ‘must remove barriers to progression for early years teachers in order to encourage the recruitment and retention of a skilled, high-quality early years workforce’, that ‘early years teachers should be able to access Qualified Teacher Status via a specialist route’ and that it should ensure ‘clear and viable entry routes to careers in childcare, including apprenticeships’.
“In our joint research with PACEY into early years graduates, we highlighted the difficulties faced by early years teachers and called for a specialist early years route to QTS.
“Voice calls on the Government to implement the commitments to develop the workforce it made in its Early Years Workforce Strategy in 2017, and to introduce a clear career pathway and national pay structure."
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