Graduate staff may become obligatory in nurseries

The Government is considering making it a legal requirement to have a graduate in every full daycare setting as part of plans to strengthen qualification levels for early years workers.  The Department for Children, Schools & Families (DCSF) has previously stated a commitment to have a graduate in every early years setting by 2015, but I understand that they are keen to make this more than just a wish. More detailed plans on raising qualification levels for early years workers are expected in the update on the Ten-Year Childcare Strategy, due early next year.  At Learning Curve we recognise the value of learning and development and are very keen to promote training opportunities to our staff. Naida is a qualified teacher and professionally qualified in Early Years. But recruiting staff at graduate level is very expensive and would inevitably lead to a rise in fees. How important do you think learning and development is for nursery staff? Do you think that every nursery needs a graduate professional in place? Do let us know your thoughts.

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