Nursery workforce surveys and reports

NDNA Workforce Survey for England 2019 results

Our latest NDNA Workforce Survey for England shows nurseries and practitioners facing a full-blown crisis.
Key points include:

  • Turnover is higher than average with the majority of staff leaving the sector qualified at Level 3 for better paid jobs in retail
  • A picture of a younger, less qualified, less experienced workforce emerges; with higher skilled experienced staff leaving the workforce mid-career or approaching retirement
  • Staff leaving the sector are mainly heading to retail with salaries and policy changes being the main reasons given 
  • Nurseries are struggling to recruit – especially at Level 3 and increasingly at Level 2 
  • In terms of the EU workforce, Brexit is having a small impact but in the context of a workforce crisis it is an impact the sector cannot afford 
  • Staffing costs are rising at above inflation rates and with funding remaining stagnant this is putting real strain on nurseries’ abilities to recruit and retain the high quality workforce they want and need 
  • As budgets are squeezed training and ongoing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is suffering, meaning nurseries will continue to struggle in their efforts to up-skill the workforce they have.

Our 2019 Workforce Survey Reports for Scotland and Wales will be available from mid July.

Download the full report and highlights summary report for England below:

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