New qualifications could be created to help improve the careers of those in early years education jobs.
The proposal is part of a range of ideas put forward by Professor Cathy Nutbrown, who is currently carrying out a review of the early years education and childcare sector.
An interim report of Professor Nutbrown's findings was published by the Department for Education (DfE) yesterday (March 13th).
A series of recommendations were made in the initial publication, designed to address a perceived lack in qualifications, recruitment and solid career ladder for people working in early years teaching jobs.
"Getting qualifications right will help to ensure that women and men enter the profession with the skills and experiences they need to do the best work with young children and their families," Professor Nutbrown said.
In addition to a new qualifications structure designed to motivate early years workers, Prof Nutbrown has urged the DfE to provide new teacher training that would improve literacy and numeracy skills while also allowing for the study of the latest child development practices.
This would be used to help advance their careers, while Prof Nutbrown has also put forward the idea of expanding the role of early years teachers by creating new specialisms in the area to better integrate the education provided between nursery and school.
Welcoming the report, children's minister Sarah Teather said that it helped recognise the passion of professionals working in early years education jobs.
"We know the earliest years of a child’s life are so important to their development so it’s vital we have a workforce with the right knowledge and skills," the Liberal Democrat MP said.
As part of her interim report, Prof Nutbrown opened a public consultation that drew 982 written responses.
She also conducted a stakeholder consultation in which the views of 120 attendees were assessed, while a Netmums survery received more than 1,000 replies online.
A full report with complete recommendations will be published this summer.
Posted by Theo Foulds