ASCL comment on EPI early years workforce report

17/01/2020
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report by the Education Policy Institute about the development of the early years workforce in England
 
Commenting on the report by the Education Policy Institute about the development of the early years workforce in England, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

“High-quality early years education is the magic bullet. Everybody has known that for years and yet this report shows the government lacks a long-term strategy to develop the skills of the early years workforce.

“The sad fact is that too many children start school at the age of four without the same language and social skills as their peers and in many cases this gap is never closed. Their destiny is set before they are any age at all.

“If we are ever to stand a chance of closing this gap and improving social justice the government must develop a coherent strategy to ensure that all children are able to access high-quality early years education which prepares them for school.

“Crucially, this is not just about extending provision but also about developing the early years workforce so they have the training and skills necessary to identify gaps in development and put in place strategies to bridge them.

“If the government is serious about restoring hope in our most disadvantaged communities this would be a very good starting point.”