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In 2015-16 half of all three- and four-year-olds in England attended an independent nursery without an early years teacher [Image: Dominic Lipinski/PA].

In 2015-16 half of all three- and four-year-olds in England attended an independent nursery without an early years teacher [Image: Dominic Lipinski/PA].

What is this? How can children be at risk of falling behind in their development when the Tories are sinking £6 billion into nurseries, with a free 30-hour per week childcare scheme?

Simple. The money invested won’t cover the costs and nurseries will go bust.

And when they do, the Tories will say it’s the nurseries’ fault because they put a lot of money into funding them. Meanwhile, our children will lose out, while theirs will benefit from going to private, fully-funded facilities, no doubt.

The knock-on drawbacks will only be felt later, when these children start to fail as adults.

That’s Tory economics for you.

They don’t know how much anything costs and have no idea how much anything is worth.

More than a quarter of a million children are at an increased risk of falling behind in their development by the time they reach school because of a chronic shortage of qualified nursery teachers, according to a leading charity.

A Save the Children report says an extra 10,000 trained early years staff are needed if all children are to have access to high-quality pre-school childcare, but many nurseries are struggling to afford qualified teachers and low pay means applications for nursery jobs have dropped dramatically.

The report – Untapped Potential: How England’s Nursery Lottery is Failing Too Many Children – says children in independent nurseries without an early years teacher are almost 10% less likely to meet the expected levels of development when they start school, compared with children who have a nursery teacher.

Source: Children at risk of falling behind due to nursery teacher shortage – report | Education | The Guardian

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