3 March 2017
The Department for Education has confirmed that alternative Level 2 English and maths qualifications other than GCSES (such as Functional Skills) are now acceptable qualifications for Early Years Educators to be counted in Level 3 ratios.
5 November 2016
The Department for Education has launched a consultation on the literacy and numeracy skills needed by early years staff, which will inform the upcoming early years workforce strategy:
5 August 2015
The Department for Education has confirmed that practitioners who hold Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) can now count in staff ratios, whether or not they hold GCSEs at grade C or above.
31 July 2015
The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has removed the previous GCSE English and maths entry requirement for standalone Level 3 EYE courses. The SFA confirmed that, while it will not place a formal exit requirement of GCSEs, it does expect providers of standalone courses “to support learners to achieve the necessary GCSEs in English and maths alongside their Early Years Educator qualifications.”
1 July 2015
The government has confirmed that, as of 1 August, GCSEs will be an exit, rather than entry, requirement for apprentices undertaking Early Years Educator (EYE) level 3 qualifications.
12 February 2015
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has removed an apprenticeship requirement which previously stated that practitioners wanting to start a Level 2 or Level 3 apprenticeship must have gained GCSEs in English and maths within the past 5 years if they had achieved a Grade B or C.
22 August 2014
The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills has published the early years educator apprenticeship standard.
25 April 2014
The National College of Teaching and Leadership have created a searchable list of early years qualifications to allow practitioners to check if their qualifications allow them to be counted in staff ratios.
3 April 2014
The Department for Education has published guidance on becoming an early years teacher (EYT), including information on the four routes to early years teacher status and available funding.
25 February 2014
The National College of Teaching and Leadership has confirmed that funded early years educator course entrants will GCSE maths and English at grade C or higher on entry of their course. The NCTL has also confirmed that all practitioners holding the new EYE qualification must have these qualifications in order to count in staff ratios.
NB: This only applies to practitioners holding the new EYE qualification, not those holding existing ‘full and relevant’ level 3 qualifications.