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Department for Education are pleased to publish the Final Nutbrown Report today – Foundations for Quality


Professor Cathy Nutbrown’s independent Review of Early Education and Childcare Qualifications (Foundations for Quality), has now been published.

Professor Cathy Nutbrown was invited by Government to lead an independent review to consider how best to strengthen qualifications and career pathways in the foundation years. The review looked at qualifications for the early education and childcare sector and considered how to promote progression through an early years career and into leadership roles.

Professor Nutbrown’s report sets out 19 recommendations to improve the quality of the early years sector. She said:

“My recommendations stress quality in ensuring that staff are as good as they can be, and have the skills, knowledge, and understanding to make the most of the Government’s investment in the early years. Working in the early years sector should be a recognised and fulfilling career that attracts the best women and men.”

Anne Longfield OBE, 4Children Chief Executive, said:

“For too long, the early years has been seen as a lower status career option.  This Review sets out a clear plan to raise the status of the sector and improve the quality of early years provision and in doing so increase the support for children. “

The Government has warmly welcomed the report and will respond fully later in the year.

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  1. Mrs Carol Pegram on June 22, 2012
    My main concern is the qualifications review. For so long Early years staff have worked hard to be recognised childcare professionals. I think that alot of these hard working people are going to feel deflated. Is there going to be courses available for these people to retrain without having to pay huge amounts of money.