Training for childminders and nursery staff slashed by 40%

10 January: The Daily Mail reports that budgets for training nursery staff and childminders is to be cut by 40% after David Cameron and Nick Clegg failed to agree a deal on funding.

Labour used Freedom of Information laws to reveal how much councils have spent on training for the early years workforce and supporting childcare providers to employ well-qualified staff.

In 2010-11 almost 140 councils in England spent £93.3million but a year later the budget had been cut by 40 per cent to £56million.

Mr Twigg adds: ‘The Government has slashed the budget for training for nursery staff, putting quality at risk. In four areas – Redcar, Enfield, Solihull and Lewisham, there is now no money available for councils to provide nursery staff training.’

Just 15 councils increased their spending year-on-year.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2260127/Training-childminders-nursery-staff-slashed-40-ministers-fail-agree-deal-cut-childcare-costs.html

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