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STATEMENT ON EARLY YEARS WORKFORCE STRATEGY


Friday, 3 March 2017 - 2:53pm

New strategy an 'important first step' towards providing support for children in most disadvantaged areas

Gareth Jenkins, Director of UK Poverty at Save the Children, said:

“We are delighted that the government has recognised the incredible impact an Early Years Teacher can have on children struggling with basic skills. If this strategy becomes a reality it could be life-changing for the 35,000 children in disadvantaged areas who, right now, have no access to a graduate teacher. It is in those areas children are most likely to fall behind and suffer a devastating impact on their life chances. Save the Children and thousands of supporters and parents have been calling for an Early Years Teacher in every nursery in disadvantaged areas. We estimate that will need £65 million in extra funding. This strategy represents an important first step towards that goal – and, if fulfilled, promises to provide essential support for children who need help the most.”