Following Professor Cathy Nutbrown's review of nurseries, the government plans to launch a further review of childcare and child-minding, to make it more affordable and evenly regulated.

This has arisen following Nutbrown's Review which found that six out of 10 parents believe there is insufficient affordable childcare in their local area.

Nutbrown also recommended that nursery qualifications be tightened and regulated so that people wishing to enter the profession are only accepted if they have passed their GCSE exams in English and Maths. She also wants nursery staff to increase their skills over the coming decade so that everyone working with children has a professional qualification, equivalent to two A-levels by 2022.

Professor Nutbrown says that investing in good quality childcare pays dividends for children later on.

She said: "Early education and care needs to support babies' and young children's all-round well-being and development.

"That is why I want the workforce to really understand child development, the importance of play, and have good English and maths skills.

"There is no doubt that high quality education is important. We need to make sure the early years workforce has the necessary skills, qualifications and experience to provide the very best for our young children."

Posted by Penny Hosie