Dear Polly has long advocated that child care should be a graduate profession. Indeed, she likes the Finnish (?) system where everyone changing nappies in daycare has a Masters degree.
We\’re getting there slowly:
Nursery workers so illiterate they stuggle to read stories aloud
The proposed solution?
Prof Nutbrown will set out her recommendations in the summer but has suggested raising entry requirements for courses and bringing a licence for nursery workers similar to that of nurses.
Nurses, of course, need to be graduates now.
It\’s part and parcel of a long process of professionalising child care. Something which makes it hugely more expensive, of course. First really got going a decade back as the licencing and regulatory regime was tightened and up above you see the onward march of the campaign, regardless of who is in government.
The real point to be made though is that, given that anyone who is 16 years old has been forcibly educated by the State for 11 years, how come any of them are illiterate? And why would more years of the State\’s embrace change this?
It\’s not as if everyone is praising the literacy skills of the current crop of graduates, is it?