Covid stress ‘driving hundreds of childcare workers to quit profession'

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With nurseries remaining open in the pandemic, survey finds staff struggling to cope with pressures and lack of state support

A fifth of all nursery and early years staff are considering leaving the sector amid warnings that many childcare workers are struggling to deal with the stresses placed on them by the pandemic.

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In addition more than a third of workers say they do not feel able to cope with additional pressures, while around 10% said they had taken time off because of stress linked to the Covid crisis.

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