Early years staff struggle to meet the demands of the job, survey reveals

Written by: Karen Faux
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

New research from specialist data company Ceeda flags up the many challenges facing the sector including a lack of important skills required to meet the needs of today’s children.

Ceeda’s Early Years Sector Skills Survey highlights the breadth of challenges currently facing childcare providers, including the negative impact that inadequate skills are having on inclusion and the overall quality of provision.

More than one in two settings report skills gaps in their existing workforce (55 per cent) compared to 13 per cent of employers across the board. An estimated 35,600 early years staff (11 per cent) have skills gaps, compared to four per cent across all work sectors. Forty two per cent of respondents said this is making it harder to maintain quality standards for all children.

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