REC responds to the Nutbrown review of qualifications for Nursery workers

Released on 26 March 2012

Agencies are essential partners in providing a skilled workforce

The REC welcomes the attention Professor Nutbrown’s interim report on qualifications for nursery staff and childminders in England has placed on standards in this important sector. Early years education is an important stage in a child's life and central to their future development. Looking at literacy and numeracy skills among early-years practitioners, Professor Nutbrown’s call for improved qualifications and knowledge highlights the importance of highly trained, professional staff for the Childcare sector.

Judith Wayne, Chair of the REC Childcare Sector Group, said:

"The early years of a child’s life are so important to their future development. Professor Nutbrown’s call to improve the qualifications and standards of nursery workers puts a welcome spotlight on developing the skills and knowledge of the workforce.

"Good recruitment agencies are committed to providing staff with the right skills and experience to best serve the needs of young children and their families. We welcome the proposals to look more closely at quality assurance to improve the standard of workers across the industry. "

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