As the UK government announces plans to launch new training options in an effort to boost productivity and tackle unemployment as a result of the coronavirus crisis, we have been considering the impact of this on the early years sector. Many of the settings that we work with have had to make redundancies or significantly reduce hours in order to keep their setting afloat as numbers of children reduce. This has not been done lightly and early years leaders have considered many options in a bid to keep their staff in their jobs. We know that there is a recruitment crisis in the sector, with many leaders reporting poor knowledge and skills of applicants along with a lack of ambition and drive. So losing brilliant staff, having invested so much time and finances in inducting and training them, not to mention DBS checks, uniforms and a whole host of other expenses is a bitter pill to swallow. But will these newly proposed measures actually help the sector?