Thursday, 11 February 2016

In for a pound - The relationship between staff wages and Ofsted grades in group-based childcare provision

Dear Mr Jones,

I am delighted to be able to share with you the Family and Childcare Trust's report In for a pound. This looks at the relationship between levels of staff pay and the quality of childcare and is the first in a series of short reports looking at quality in childcare which we are publishing over the next few months. 

The research indicates that there is a strong relationship between levels of pay and quality childcare. We found that settings graded 'Outstanding' by Ofsted paid staff an average of £1.45 per hour more than those rated as 'Inadequate' or 'In need of improvement'. It also found a pay differential of £0.93 per hour between staff at settings rated as 'Outstanding' and 'Good'.

The Family and Childcare Trust have concerns that low pay may be impeding efforts to improve the quality of childcare in the UK and we are calling on the Government to:

·         In the short term, support a qualified workforce and address low pay by committing to fund free childcare at a level that supports a fully graduate-led workforce and a minimum professional rate for early years staff in the forthcoming early years workforce strategy.

·         Over the longer term, pursue early years funding reform, publish a national early years pay framework and increase wages among early years staff over time, equalising pay with school staff.

If you have any queries or would like additional information, please do not hesitate to get in contact.

On behalf of,

Ellen Broomé
Deputy Chief Executive
Telephone: 0207 940 7528