Early years sector ‘increasingly relying on volunteers’

Early years providers are increasingly relying on unpaid volunteers, an analysis of the childcare workforce by the Education Policy Institute has concluded.

 Concerns have been raised about a reliance on volunteer staff within the early years sector.

Researchers examining data on the early years workforce in England and found evidence of increased use of unpaid staff in all childcare settings. 

The heaviest use of volunteers was found to be in reception classes, where volunteers accounted for 15.5 per cent of the workforce. In nurseries 10.8 per cent of staff were volunteers and in non-school settings the figure was 7.8 per cent.

Read the full article on this link to Children and Young People Now

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