From the article:
Many nurseries are having difficulties recruiting because of the GCSE requirement. It is also having an effect on learners who are wanting to gain a level 3 in childcare. The issue is learners don’t have the grades to start a level 3 course but they have the knowledge of working with children. Not only is the GCSE requirement affecting childcare providers, colleges, and training providers are seeing a decrease in the number of learners studying for a level 3 course. For nurseries where does, this leave them with recruiting qualified practitioners?