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Graduate jobs 'potential' in child care

Published: Thursday, 18 December 2008   Category: Public sector

Every nursery in the UK may be required to offer graduate employment opportunities as the government attempts to improve daycare qualification levels, it has been reported.

The Department for Children, Schools and Families is considering a plan to have a graduate placed in every early years centre by 2015, according to Nursery world.

Further indication of this intention was expressed in the 2020 Children and Young People's Workforce Strategy, published last week.

Speaking to the news provider, National Day Nurseries Association chief executive Purnima Tanuku said that her organisation was seeking clarification from the government over the plans.

"While the Graduate Leader Fund is going some way to address this issue, many nurseries are wondering what they will do if the funding ends," she stated.

There are currently around 2,500 graduate-level Early Years Professionals working in the UK and a further 2,400 in training, according to official figures.
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