NAHT says a new report provides yet more evidence of the need to invest in nursery provision to ensure all children have an equal chance of educational success.
The report, published on 21 September 2012) by The Sutton Trust (see link below) says a better trained early years’ workforce is vital if children from poorer backgrounds are to have a fair chance of succeeding at school.
Russell Hobby, general secretary of the NAHT, said: “The Sutton Trust report adds to the growing weight of evidence that shows the crucial role of early years’ education in a child’s later progress.
“We fully support calls for more investment in training for early years’ teachers and for nursery stage education to command the respect and status it deserves. Too often, as the Trust says, working with young children is seen as a job for lower-skilled, lower paid providers. Yet a role which has such long-term implications for a child’s academic life needs proper recognition.”
The Sutton Trust report is available here.
Page Published: 24/09/2012