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4Children are happy to welcome the recommendations set out in today’s review by Professor Cathy Nutbrown into how to promote quality early years provision, ‘Foundations for Quality’.
The Review is proposing:
If the Government accepts the Review’s recommendations, early education and childcare could begin to enjoy the status of primary or secondary school teaching, rather than being viewed as a career where qualifications and professional development are of lesser importance
If properly implemented, this review could lead to a radical change in the early education and childcare sector – offering training and qualifications which are fit for purpose; challenging and rewarding job opportunities; with better-informed and better-developed staff who can intervene early to give children the support they need to grow and develop.
It offers to the workforce a strong professional identity, which will be valued by parents and wider society as well as stressing the importance of early childhood and how it should be understood , respected and valued in its’ own right.
The review offers a long term vision for the early years workforce with quality at the heart and supports the early years sector in driving its’ own improvement and reaching for high but achievable standards .
Crucially, these changes will require more investment – from government, both local and national, from providers and employers, and from staff themselves. Training will take longer, wages will need to increase, and investment in the quality of the early years workforce will need to grow.
Anne Longfield OBE, 4Children Chief Executive, had the following to say of the reforms:
All the research shows that it is the quality of early years provision that makes the difference for children – especially for disadvantaged children who need help the most. Excellent early years workers can have a real impact on a child’s life chances – with long term benefits through school and beyond.
For too long, the early years has been seen as a lower status career option. This Review sets out a clear plan to raise the status of the sector and improve the quality of early years provision and in doing so increase the support for children.
Clearly the role of parents is also critical in the early years and we are pleased to see the government today publish the parent’s guide for the early years foundation stage. Along with better qualified staff and parents with the right support we can work together to get the early years foundation stage of to a flying start for our children.
If the Government wants to give children the best start in life it must accept the proposals and make the investment needed. This review presents a challenge to the government, but it is one to which ministers should rise.”
The full report can be viewed here
Notes to Editors
4Children is the national charity all about children and families. We have spearheaded a joined-up, integrated approach to children’s services and work with a wide range of partners around the country to ensure children and families have access to the services and support they need in their communities. We run Sure Start Children’s Centres as well as family and youth services across Britain.
We develop, influence and shape national policy on all aspects of the lives of children, young people and families. As the Government’s strategic partner for early years and childcare we have a crucial role in co-producing policy with the Department of Education and representing the sector’s views and experiences. Our national campaigns, like Give Me Strength, change policy and practice and put the needs of children and families on the political and policy agenda.
For more information visit www.4children.org.uk
Foundation Years website
The Foundation Years website is an indispensable site to support you as a professional working with children and families in the foundation years.
It is a one stop shop for resources, information and the latest news on the foundation years. Developed collaboratively by you, the sector - for the sector. It brings together information from many sources that will help you to support children to develop and flourish.
For more information visit www.foundationyears.org.uk
For further information please contact Ilana Rapaport (020 755 6928/07917870641/ firstname.lastname@example.org) or Will Staynes (07917542464) William.Staynes@4children.org.uk. Otherwise, contact Hamir Patel via Hamir.Patel@champollion.co.uk