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New survey highlights the shortage of skills in the Early Years Sector and the need for more staff training.

Ceeda has released new research indicating that over half of private and voluntary sector early years providers have skill gaps in their existing workforce.

The research, based on responses from 557 providers employing 8,511 staff, suggests that over 35,500 early years staff have skills gaps nationally – a much higher percentage than seen in other sectors.

Providers with skills gaps report the negative effect this is having on staff workloads and the knock on impact in making it harder for them to meet quality standards, creating a more stressful working environment and increasing recruitment and payroll costs.

One in every four providers report having hard to fill vacancies, three times the figure for all employers.

Training requirements for the next 12 months are significant with particular needs for Safeguarding, Identifying and supporting children with SEND and Observation, assessment and planning provision.

Read the full survey here