Severe Early Years workforce shortage sparks childcare crisis, EYA data shows

A “severe and growing” staffing shortage in the early years sector is leaving families facing repeated disruptions to childcare services, new research shows. A survey of 1,395 early years providers, carried out by the Early Years Alliance (EYA) reveals that more than eight in 10 settings are currently finding it difficult to recruit suitable staff while 62 per cent of settings had employed staff who had left the early years sector completely over the previous six months.

As a result of recruitment and retention issues, one in five settings had been forced to reduce or restrict opening hours and one in six had been forced to temporarily close their entire setting. Half of respondents had been forced to limit the number of, or stop taking on, new children, the EYA said. Read more.

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