Pre-School Education: Standards

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Maria Miller Maria Miller Shadow Minister (Children, Young People and Families)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of childcare staff in nurseries had an Early Years Foundation Degree in (a) Basingstoke constituency, (b) Hampshire and (c) England in each of the last five years.

Photo of Beverley Hughes Beverley Hughes Minister of State (Children, Young People and Families; Minister for the North West), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Children and Youth Justice) (and Minister for the North West)

The Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey collects information on staff qualifications that are relevant to working with children and young people. The qualifications are grouped together in the levels that they have been accredited with by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. It is not possible to look at specific qualifications held.

The Early Years Foundation Degree is a level 5 qualification. The percentage of paid staff in England holding at least a level 5 qualification is as follows:

Table 1: Percentage of paid staff holding at least a Level 5 qualification: 2006
Percentage
Full day care 4
Full day care in children's centres 13
Sessional 5
After school clubs 6
Holiday clubs 9
Childminders 4
Nursery schools 33
Primary schools with nursery and reception classes 40
Primary schools with reception but no nursery classes 48

Within those figures, those staff with any level 5 qualification relevant to working with children and young people is shown in Table 2:

Table 2: Percentage of paid staff holding a Level 5 qualification: 2006
Percentage
Full day care 1
Full day care in children's centres 3
Sessional 1
After school clubs 1
Holiday clubs 1
Childminders 0
Nursery schools 3
Primary schools with nursery and reception classes 2
Primary schools with reception but no nursery classes 3

Comparable data are not available for previous years due to changes in the way that the qualification levels were defined.

Data are not available at a local authority level.

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