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Nursery staff qualifications U-turn.

Nursery staff qualifications U-turn.

A government U-turn on qualifications required by nursery staff has come as a "huge relief", say campaigners.

Since 2014 new recruits have needed at least C grades in GCSE English and maths, with equivalent "functional skills" qualifications not accepted.

Childcare organisations said the requirement was putting off talented staff, risking a recruitment crisis.

But Early Years Minister Caroline Dinenage has confirmed that equivalent qualifications will count from April.

The minister set out the change of plan in a speech launching the government's early years workforce strategy at the Childcare Expo in London.


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