Challenges for early years training and childcare as a long-term career (updated)

19 Apr

The University of Winchester and Leeds Beckett University have dropped their early years teacher training courses just five months before the start of the next academic year. Commenting in Schools Week, General Secretary Deborah Lawson said:

“The fact functional skills or some form of equivalent assessment is not an accepted qualification for the course for people already in the sector is going to have an impact on those progressing through the system and seeing childcare as a viable long-term career prospect.”

In a previous interview with Schools Week, Deborah Lawson commented on how early years settings are facing a shortage of early years teachers as some university courses offering training for Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) are facing closure because of low numbers.

EYTS trainees need the qualifications as those working towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) (a degree, at least a C grade in English, maths and science GCSEs, and success in a numeracy and literacy test) but EYTS does not guarantee the same terms and conditions as QTS. There is no set pay scale and some providers only pay wages for 35 weeks a year, rather than an annual salary.

Deborah Lawson has called for more to be done to raise pay and status of early years staff.

A recent Voice survey found that the respondents working in childcare were generally highly-skilled but low paid.

Do let us know your thoughts and experiences…

Voice is supporting the Save Our Early Years campaign.


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