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LGA responds to EPI report on Early Years workforce

Cllr Judith Blake, Chair of the LGA’s Children and Young People Board, responded to an Education Policy Institute report on the impact of major government policies affecting the early years sector over the past 15 years 

“This report echoes our concerns that the recruitment and retention of suitably qualified childcare practitioners is becoming increasingly difficult largely due to low wages and poor career progression.

“It is good that the Government will provide an extra £1 billion in funding to expand childcare but investment in existing childcare entitlements is also needed. As providers struggle to make ends meet, there is growing concern about the quality of provision and access for disadvantaged children and those with special needs.

“The Government needs to use the upcoming Budget to ensure there is enough money to both expand and maintain high quality childcare provision, while measures must be put in place to recruit and train an appropriately skilled workforce.”

View report here:  Early years workforce development in England: Key ingredients and missed opportunities

Original article link: https://www.local.gov.uk/lga-responds-epi-report-early-years-workforce

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