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Government scraps plans for GCSE restrictions for Early Years Teacher status

Article By: Ellie Spanswick, News Editor

The Government has announced plans revoking changes that made GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above compulsory when considering Level Three worker ratios.

The move follows revisions to qualifications required when applying for early years training courses.

Originally those applying to study Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) from September would only be counted as a Level Two practitioner if they did not meet the GCSE requirements.

The Government has confirmed that those studying towards EYTS will no longer require GCSEs in English and Maths at grade C or above to count towards Early Years Foundation Stage Level Three ratios.

Welcoming the news, chief executive of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, Neil Leitch, said: “We warmly welcome this change, which will ensure that talented, dedicated early years practitioners who have worked hard to gain Early Years Teacher Status will not face unnecessary barriers to establishing a career within the early years sector.

“In light of other recent changes to Early Years Educator qualification requirements, it is very encouraging to see the Government continuing to engage with, and actively listen to, the sector, and respond positively by making sensible changes that will help ensure the sustainability of the early years workforce in the long term.”

A Department for Education spokesperson said: “All the evidence shows that the higher the quality of childcare, the higher the quality of a child’s learning and development. We are totally committed to raising the bar and improving the care children receive.

“That is why we have brought all early years qualifications at Level 3 into line with the Children and Young People’s Workforce Apprenticeship, broadening the routes into childcare, but still ensuring the same high standard of providers is met.”

GCSE requirements for entry to Early Years Educator courses at Level Three have been removed allowing candidates to take the qualification and progress quicker.

Early Years practitioners who hold Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) can count in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) ratios at Level Three, regardless of whether they hold GCSEs at grade C or above. These changes recognise those who hold EYTS and have passed professional skills tests to gain entry to EYT training courses.

Chief executive of the NDNA, Purnima Tanuku, said: “NDNA has been calling for clarification to eliminate confusion for early years settings employing Early Years Teachers. Settings can now confidently manage the deployment of staff and be clear that they are EYFS compliant.”


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