Exam requirements fuelling nursery staff recruitment crisis
November 30, 2016 1 comment
Nursery staff should not need good GCSE grades in order to qualify, the National Day Nurseries Association has claimed.
Daycare and nursery staff require a minimum of a grade C in English and Maths GCSEs in order to complete their professional training, but the ‘early years’ sector is suffering from a recruitment crisis and the Department of Education is now considering removing the exam requirement to encourage applicants.
The Association, which promotes good practice in the sector, backed the government’s proposal, insisting that “the [exam] requirement is by far the main reason for the sector’s recruitment problems”.
Interested applicants should instead be able to demonstrate a knowledge of English and Maths in other ways, it suggested.
The Association’s Director of Quality and Workforce Development, Stella Ziolkowski, said:
“Many nursery professionals are excellent, caring practitioners who love children and are extremely skilled at supporting children’s social and emotional development without the need for GCSEs and this should not be a barrier for them.
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November 30, 2016
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