Government response to Nutbrown review

Fri Feb 01 15:08:00 UTC 2013

We welcome the Department for Education (DfE) report on early education and childcare, published on 29 January 2013.

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Changes to early years qualifications

The DfE report, More great childcare: Raising quality and giving parents more choice, outlines its vision for early education and childcare. This includes its response to the Nutbrown recommendations for early years education and childcare qualifications.

Our new BTEC Level 3 National Certificate and Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development contain the high proportion of practical work experience needed as part of Early Years Educator courses. These qualifications were developed in consultation with the early years sector and are the only qualifications that meet the recommendations for content in the Nutbrown report.

The key changes in relation to early years qualifications include:

  • There will be new qualifications at Level 3 to qualify learners to become ‘Early Years Educators’, which will be introduced from September 2014.
  • The Teaching Agency will consult on the revised set of ‘full and relevant’ criteria and proposals for the Early Years Educator qualifications in spring 2013, publishing the criteria in summer 2013.
  • Entrants for the Early Years Educator will require at least grade C in GCSE mathematics and English.
  • Training providers are expected to include a high proportion of practical work experience in Early Years Educator courses.
  • Apprenticeships will offer a high quality route to becoming an Early Years Educator.
  • From September 2013, the government will offer a limited number of bursaries to better-qualified apprentices, who have at least a grade C in GCSE English and mathematics.
  • The government will introduce Early Years Teachers, who will be specialists in early childhood development, trained to work with babies and young children from birth to five.
  • Early Years Teacher Status will be seen as equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

You can read the full report on the DfE website, where you’ll also find the government’s response to Professor Cathy Nutbrown’s 19 recommendations.

What does this mean for you for delivering Level 3 qualifications within the early years sector?

We look forward to working with the Teaching Agency on their consultation and will be putting forward our new BTEC Level 3 National qualifications for consideration to be recognised as qualifying learners as Early Years Educators.

Centres in England have a number of options available to them:

  • continue delivering the Level 3 BTEC National Certificate/Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development, which continues to be recognised as ‘full and relevant’ and has been extended to December 2013
  • continue delivering the Pearson Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (QCF), which continues to be recognised  as ‘full and relevant’ and has been extended to December 2013
  • continue co-delivering the exciting new BTEC Level 3 National Certificate/Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development alongside the Pearson Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce.

We will be in touch with you about plans for September 2013 as soon we get further information. If you have any queries in the meantime, Kate Elsmore, your Childcare and Early Years subject advisor, is on hand. You can email Kate and her team at TeachingChildCare@pearson.com.

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