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Government plans to reform early years funding could lead to a reduction in the number of qualified teachers, the NASUWT has warned.
A move to a universal base rate to fund early years providers, which is likely to result in significant financial cuts to maintained nurseries, may result in moves to cut the number of qualified teachers working in maintained nurseries or attempts to worsen pay and conditions.
The NASUWT has called for a differentiated approach which recognises that all providers are working in different circumstances and that they need to be supported in ways that best suit their needs.
Commenting on the proposals, NASUWT General Secretary Chris Keates said: “High investment in early years education is essential. It is vital the sector gets the highest levels of support to ensure children have the best start to their education and their lives.
“The proposals set out a rapid timeframe for the transition to the new national funding formula and the universal base rate. The Government’s desire to introduce these changes should not be allowed to jeopardise its stated commitment to improving access to quality early years provision.”
The NASUWT is engaged in the consultation process on the plans and in arguing the case for a funding settlement which protects choice, quality and diversity in the early years sector.