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The DfE has published the early years workforce strategy setting out how the department plans to support the early years sector to remove barriers to attracting, retaining and developing the early years workforce. Commitments contained in this strategy include:

  • enabling staff with an Early Years Educator (EYE) qualification who also hold level 2 English and mathematics qualifications, including Functional Skills, to count in the level 3 staff:child ratios.
  • consulting on allowing those with Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), and its predecessor Early Years Professional Status (EYPS), to lead nursery and reception classes in maintained schools.
  • working with the sector to develop level 2 childcare qualification criteria.
  • improving the quality of early years training and providing access to continuous professional development (CPD).
  • providing funding to support the sector to develop quality improvement support in partnership with schools and local authorities.

The government’s response to the Level 3 early years educator: numeracy and literacy requirements consultation can be found here.

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  1. Lucy Ditchburn on June 11, 2017
    All training in early years should be far more practical than theoretical. There should be a filtering process right from the start that will determine if the person who is interested in being trained has the abilities to look after children. The sector is tired of young girls choosing this route because they see it as an easy alternative to not having to work hard. As a result there are many who have got the qualifications but have no interest in children. Raise the profile and the value of early years practitioners by respecting the sector and not allowing training providers to simply offer passes based on their own financial gains rather than having the children at the centre of their training.