NDNA member of Commission on future of the early years workforce

NDNA, along with a number of other early years organisations, has launched the Early Years Workforce Commission to review the workforce related challenges facing the sector and to develop comprehensive solutions. Early Years Workforce Commission logo

The goal of the Commission is to ensure the early years sector is recognised as important and that it is an attractive and rewarding career path. 

The Commission will undertake a review of the early years workforce at present, looking at the progress made since the Nutbrown Review in 2012, with a view to developing recommendations to support the sustainability of the sector. 

Two evidence sessions will be held as part of the Commission’s work. One will focus on recruitment and retention and the other on training and CPD, as well as issuing a wider call for evidence and ideas. It hopes to engage a wide range of people including the wider public in debate and discussion. 

A report including recommendations should be published later this year. This will include solutions to: 

  • Improve the basic training of those entering the sector
  • Improve quality and take-up of CPD for those already in the sector
  • Explore the implications of low levels of pay 
  • Improve recruitment and retention across the workforce
  • Demonstrate the impact and crucial role of the early years workforce in society

Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of NDNA, said: “The evidence that there is a full blown early years workforce crisis is clear.

“Our workforce survey with both practitioners and providers showed a serious decline in the levels of qualification among the current workforce. Nurseries also suffer from an extremely high turnover compared to the national average, with many qualified staff leaving for better pay and conditions elsewhere.

“It’s vital that the sector comes together through this Commission to put forward evidence-based solutions and ensure that these are developed within the sector and not just done to the sector.

“The Government is aware of these issues but its Early Years Workforce Strategy seems to have lost its way.”

The group is made up of – 

  • CACHE 
  • Early Education
  • Early Years Alliance 
  • Education Policy Institute 
  • London Early Years Foundation 
  • National Day Nurseries Association
  • Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years 
  • Sutton Trust
  • Voice