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Voice welcomes Early Years Workforce Strategy, but concerned it won’t solve recruitment and retention crisis

Voice: the union for education professionals has welcomed the publication of the Early Years Workforce Strategy by the Department for Education (DfE) in England, but expressed concerns that it will not solve the recruitment and retention crisis in childcare.

Senior Professional Officer Tricia Pritchard said: “We welcome the publication of this long-awaited strategy and its commitment to training and continuing professional development (CPD).

“We have welcomed the changes to the GCSE requirements for Level 3 Early Years Educators (EYEs) and recognition of functional skills.

“We are also pleased by the commitment to examine the ‘status and parity of early years teachers’, who do not currently have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and therefore lack the status and career opportunities of school teachers with QTS.

“However, we are concerned that the strategy does not create the pay and career structures needed to address the recruitment and retention crisis. There is not mention of ‘salaries’ in the document and little on pay.

“We will take part in the consultations and look forward to discussing the strategy at our next meetings with the minister and departmental officials.”


Voice Press Office (pressoffice@voicetheunion.org.uk) on 01332 372337 or 0794 871 0413 or Senior Professional Officer (Early Years/Wider Workforce) Tricia Pritchard (triciapritchard@voicetheunion.org.uk) on 0796 996 0735 or 01332 372337.



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