High quality early years provision can have a significant impact on a child's development, progress at school and ultimately, their future life chances. If all children are to benefit, the early years workforce must be well qualified, professional and dedicated to support a child's healthy and happy development.
To improve outcomes for children the government is committed to raising the proportion of the early years workforce with relevant and appropriate qualifications to work with babies, toddlers and young children.
In the recent policy statement 'Supporting Families in the Foundation Years', the government clearly sets out its vision for the early years workforce, stating that "A well qualified workforce makes a real difference to the quality of support that expectant mothers, fathers and families with young children receive". In support of this statement, CWDC is continuing to lead a number of initiatives to further develop the skills of the early years workforce, and we will continue to work with and support employers.
In 2011, CWDC published a clear position statement, informed by employers, by CWDC's board and members and by the learning from the five years of the Early Years programme. 'Early Years Workforce - The Way Forward' sets out our vision for the early years workforce and includes key messages and recommendations to DfE, the Teaching Agency and to other sector leaders who will support the Early Education and Childcare workforce in the future.
In this section you can find more information about our early years projects and initiatives that are paving the way to make our vision a reality.
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