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Penny Tassoni, president of PACEY (Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years) has been appointed to a new panel responsible for developing childcare T-level courses.
Reporting to the Department for Education (DfE), Ms Tassoni who is also a leading author of early years education books, is one of 14 people on the Education and Childcare panel overseeing the development of content for the new childcare qualification, scheduled to be rolled out in September 2020.
LEYF nursery group expert joins panel
Gill Springer, senior learning and development manager at London Early Years Foundation (LEYF), which runs 37 nurseries in London, has also been appointed to the panel.
T-levels in 15 technical areas have been described by the DfE as a ‘Gold standard’ technical qualification equivalent to A-Levels and an alternative to apprenticeships.
The courses are being designed to support entry to skilled employment in technical occupations at level 3 and above. The two-year classroom-based courses will be shaped by employer-designed standards and content.
The T-level programme for 16 to 19-year-olds will be taught full-time and will include a three-month work placement requirement. T-levels are the result of recommendations made in the Sainsbury Report (published last October) by Lord Sainsbury’s independent panel which included the introduction of 15 technical routes to skilled employment.
T-levels 'will help Britain make a success' of Brexit
According to the DfE’s ‘Post-16 technical education reforms T-level action plan’, published in October 2017, 'The reforms will help Britain make a success of leaving the European Union.
The action plan states: 'They will support young people and adults to secure a lifetime of sustained skilled employment and meet the needs of our growing and rapidly changing economy. 'Just as A-levels are demanded by universities, in time we want T levels to be demanded by employers for entry into skilled employment’.
Nursery managers and other members of the early years sector are among those who have been urged to give their view in a wider consultation on T-levels. The 10-week T-levels consultation closes at 11.45pm on 8 February.
As well as creating a new Education and Childcare T-level panel, the DfE is holding consultation events in January. The results of the T-level consultation will be published in Spring 2018.
Last November, the Institute for Apprenticeships took ownership of occupational maps from the DfE. Childcare occupational maps will help determine how occupations are categorised and how T-levels are administered. The maps are also being consulted upon and include the Early Years Educator qualification.
The early years sector can also respond the occupational maps consultation (which began on 14 December) by completing the online survey here before the consultation ends on 25 January.