The DfE is seeking views on the proposed early years assistant (level 2) criteria and their suitability for qualifications in early education and childcare. These criteria will support level 2 workers to gain the knowledge and skills they need to progress in their career in early years. The criteria will also enable employers to recognise suitable training and qualifications more easily. The criteria will be developed to support progression to level 3 study and with a new level 2 apprenticeship standard in mind. The new qualifications are expected to be available for delivery from September 2019.