Early years training is under threat from new government proposals. Nurseries face potential bills of thousands of pounds for each apprentice they recruit. And quality will suffer as training providers cut back on face to face training and mentoring in order to make ends meet.
Last week the government announced planned changes to the funding of apprenticeships which will massively reduce the amount paid by government for training, especially for younger staff. Many training providers will close and those that are left will be forced to increase their charges well beyond the limits of any government subsidy.
The government wants to encourage employers to move away from the present apprenticeship frameworks and onto the new, employer-driven apprenticeship standards. But the early years standards and assessments have not yet been approved by ministers.