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All nursery pupils should have access to qualified teachers

8 Nov 2012

Nursery-aged children in certain parts of Scotland have no access to qualified teachers, a report has found.

The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) called on the Scottish Government to address the “postcode lottery”, adding that legal measures should be introduced to improve youngsters’ education at nursery level.

Scottish Conservative education spokeswoman Liz Smith MSP said:

“This report stresses the importance of investing heavily in our children’s education and development from the earliest years.

“It is therefore disappointing that there seems to be such a varied picture when it comes to the number of children who have regular contact with a qualified teacher.

“We should aim to ensure that all public and private nurseries provide access to qualified teachers and end the postcode lottery that this report suggests we have at the moment.

“All the evidence from experts such as James Heckman and others points out the long-term financial and educational benefits that result from investing in a child’s earliest years.

“Qualified nursery teachers have a key role to play in this regard, and I would therefore urge the Scottish Government to take note of this report’s findings.”

 

To see full report visit:

www.educationscotland.gov.uk/inspectionandreview/Images/Making%20the%20Difference_tcm4-735922.pdf