Leadership and management

As the early years sector matures it will take on its own responsibility to evolve, improve and innovate. Strong, child centred and family visionaries who can motivate and empower staff will be crucial as system leaders.

Common core of skills and knowledge for the children’s and young people’s workforce

This Common Core of Skills and Knowledge document sets out the basic skills and knowledge needed by people whose work (paid or voluntary) brings them into regular contact with children, young people and families. This advice is non-statutory.

Early Years Practitioner (Level 2) Qualifications

New level 2 Early Years Practitioner qualifications developed to meet the new DfE level 2 criteria came into effect from 1 September 2019.

From this date anyone wishing to work in the level 2 staff:child ratios of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) has to take a qualification that meets the Early Years Practitioner criteria

The level 2 Early Years Practitioner (EYP) qualifications that have been approved by the DfE for working in the level 2 ratios are shown on the Early Years Qualification List.

The EYP qualifications are available as a standalone qualification or as part of the Children and Young People’s Workforce Intermediate apprenticeship framework (early years pathway). The framework was updated on 1 September 2019 to show the new EYP qualifications.

Level 2 qualifications that practitioners started or achieved before 1 September 2019 will still be recognised. For more information on this and the level 2 EYP qualifications, click here.

Early Years Qualifications and Apprenticeships Webinar

We were delighted to have Ian Ward, Team Leader Early Years Workforce at the Department for Education (DfE) join us live to answer your questions about new qualifications and apprenticeship developments.

The session covered:

  • Workforce requirements
  • Tips for using the Early Years Qualifications List
  • Developments in Level 2 qualifications, apprenticeships, and T Levels.
  • Funding for training

You can view the webinar below and download the webinar slides here.

Case Studies