Leading early years organisation National Day Nurseries Association has welcomed the Government decision to rethink entry level GCSE’s for the Early Years Educator qualification.
NDNA’s Director of Quality and Workforce Development, Stella Ziolkowski, who is a member of the Early Years Trailblazer Group which developed the apprenticeship framework, said: "We are delighted Early Years Minister Sam Gyimah has listened to the sector and taken this extremely helpful step toward making the EYE qualification as accessible as possible.
"Changing the need for grade C level GCSEs in English and maths from entry to exit requirements for the first year means training providers can properly prepare level 2 students with a view to progressing to level 3 next year. There will also be a positive impact on businesses. When the proposals were outlined initially early years providers raised serious concerns the requirements could lead to a lack of potential employees at level 3 staff and learners becoming stuck at level 2.
"There is clear evidence that everyone in the early years sector wants to see a highly skilled professional workforce and this is a big step toward that goal.
"But it is important to remember this change has been put in place for the first year and then comes under review. It is vitally important we make the best use of this trial period and find the best way forward for the qualification in the future."