The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) has launched an Early Years Council. The council is expected to lobby on issues affecting the early years sector and raise its profile with help from its members.
In December last year, the NAHT came to a decision that they would represent early years and now they have appointed three national executive members and five more members have been appointed from the NAHT membership around the UK. The leaders include top names within nurseries, children’s centres and SEND associations.
The council chair Judy Shaw said, “In the coming weeks, we will be inviting early years practitioners, representatives and champions of settings other than schools and academic voices – experts in child development and learning styles – to join us”.
She also hopes the council will be progressive, positive and a strong and influential voice for those working in the sector, calling it “the Cinderella of our education system”.
Shaw continues, “The voices representing our primary and secondary education speak far louder than ours; their developments and concerns constantly making news headlines” and concluded by saying, “Does early years have the same attention and status? I’m not convinced it does. The creation of this new sector council aims to change that”.
The sector council also has representation from Wales and Northern Ireland, and their first meeting was held in June this year where members discussed creating policies in key areas such as the 30-hours scheme, funding and the quality of early year’s qualifications.
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