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‘More great childcare’ (January 2013) set out the Government’s vision and plan of action for high quality early education and childcare.  It included the introduction of new level 3 Early Years Educator qualifications from September 2014, and an expectation that all entrants to Early Years Educator training courses will have secured GCSE’s in English and mathematics at grade C or above.  These reforms will raise the overall quality and literacy and numeracy skills of those entering the workforce.

The following changes will apply in relation to entry qualifications:

  • From 1 August 2014 Government funding of Early Years Educator training courses through the Skills Funding Agency will require GCSE English and maths, at grade C or above, on entry.  Training providers will be required to confirm learner’s prior achievement of GCSE Grade A*-C in both English/English Language and maths and record this in the Learning Agreement before enrolling learners on to Early Years Educator training.
  • We intend to amend the Early Years Foundation Stage to make clear that to count in the existing staff: child ratios at level 3, staff holding a new Early Years Educator qualification must also have achieved GCSEs in English/English Language and maths, at grade C or above

Functional Skills will not be accepted as equivalents to GCSEs.

Staff holding existing qualifications will still be able to practice.  The new requirements will not be applied retrospectively.  This will ensure that practitioners already holding qualifications are not disadvantaged.

Further information on Early Years Educator is available here

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