Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 at 5:45pm
From September, those wishing to pursue a career in childcare must have GCSE grades C or above in Maths and English, with alternative equivalent qualifications no longer accepted, in line with new regulations brought in by the Government.
However, campaigners argue that the new requirement will lead to "catastrophic" staff shortages and should be scrapped.
Opposing campaigners, such as the Save our Early Years campaign, say that recruitment has already been hit, whereas the government says numeracy and literacy skills are ‘essential’.
As the Training Manager for Busy Bees Training Academy, who has delivered over 1000 Childcare and Catering Apprenticeships over the last year, Fay Gibbin draws on her 18 years’ experience of working within the childcare sector and shares her thoughts on the new requirements;
“When recruiting our entry level apprentices onto our Childcare apprenticeships, we recruit on personalities and an aptitude for the job ahead. We don’t really think qualifications automatically make practitioners better equipped to nurture or inspire a child, specifically a child under the age of 5. Some skills, such as having empathy, dedication and enthusiasm for helping to shape a child’s future, can’t be taught and ultimately, these are the skills that we look for in all our staff, whatever exiting qualifications they hold.