Childcare recruitment 'catastrophe' looms, say campaigners

Childcare recruitment 'catastrophe' looms, say campaigners

Posted on 26/04/2016 by David Owen

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The requirement for new nursery staff in England to have good GCSE passes in English and maths will lead to "catastrophic" staff shortages and should be scrapped, campaigners say.

From September, new recruits must have at least GCSE C grades in the subjects, with alternative equivalent qualifications no longer accepted.

The Save our Early Years campaign says recruitment has already been hit.

But the government says numeracy and literacy skills are "essential".

Staff ratios

Under the current rules, staff are only allowed to look after specific numbers of children.

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