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Early years qualifications essential.

Early years qualifications essential.

Ensuring adults working in early-years settings have good qualifications and ongoing training is key to raising the quality of provision, a study suggests.

Researchers at Oxford University found well trained staff could make up for larger numbers of children to adults.

But they stress that this is not an argument to reduce the ratio of staff members to children, which should be "maintained at a favourable level".

They also suggest the quality of care in England has risen in recent years.

The Oxford researchers analysed data from 598 early childhood education and care (ECEC) settings across England - a mixture of private and voluntary providers, children's centres and nursery schools.

    

They collected information on the training, qualifications and staff-to-child ratios of early-years workers looking after three- and four-year-olds who were born between September 2010 and August 2013.

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