Nursery workers should be paid more than the minimum amount of pay (national living wage)

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Nursery nurses across the UK are doing one of the most valuable jobs out there: Caring for and educating children in their early years. The early years of a child's life are recognised as fundamental, a critical period for children to be nurtured and cared for while developing skills which will impact on their growth, communication and wellbeing throughout their lives.

Nursery nurses have recently been encouraged to improve their standards and train to achieve a better education, enabling them to provide even better care and education for children.

However, this training does not result in better pay, adults working in nurserys across the UK are often paid the lowest level of pay which is legal (national living wage), despite the government recognising their vital role in society.

Why would highly skilled and qualified individuals remain in a sector where pay is so poor?

I believe that those employed in nurseries, specifically those who have gone on to further training such as the level 5 foundation degree or individuals who hold a BA in a relevant subject, should achieve recognition and financial gain for their efforts. This would encourage exemplary and outstanding care from the sector. Furthermore, parents may be reassured to know they are leaving their child in the hands of someone whose skills and knowledge are worth more than minimum pay.



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