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Functional Skills vs GCSEs for nursery practitioners

Archie Lacey, Academic Director of CloudLearn (03-Aug-16)

Back in 2014, the Government decided that in order to gain entry onto a level 3 educator course, potential educators would be required to hold at least a C grade in GCSE English and Mathematics. This was to raise the quality of literacy.....

Den Day showed how important 'pretend play' is in nurseries

Sam Flatman, Outdoor Learning Specialist and Educational Consultant for Pentagon Play (15-Jun-16)

On 17 June, school children across the UK participated in Save The Children’s annual Den Day. Primarily, the event is organised to raise awareness for children around the globe who lack vital resources such as water and shelter. But.....

Government must reverse qualifications policy that is 'decimating early years sector'

Julie Hyde, Executive Director, CACHE (07-Jun-16)

In 2014 the Government changed the requirements so that all Level 3 Early Years Educators (EYEs) must have at least a C grade in GCSE English and in GCSE maths to count in the ratios. Before this, Functional Skills had been accepted.....