We’re withdrawing and redeveloping some BTEC Level 3 Childcare qualifications in response to the recent government consultation on early years education. Find out what this means for you and your learners.
The consultation called for a change in the criteria for BTEC Level 3 Childcare qualifications in England. Now all awarding organisations will need to redevelop these qualifications for first teaching from September 2014, to meet the new Early Years Educator (EYE) criteria.
Introduction of Early Years Educator (EYE) qualifications
We’re in the process of developing our own 'new next generation' BTEC Nationals, which will include EYE-compliant qualifications.
What is the impact of the new Early Years Educator qualification on your existing BTEC provision?
Subject to Ofqual accreditation, the new BTEC Nationals (including the EYE-compliant sizes) will be available for first teaching in September 2014. We have therefore decided to withdraw the existing versions of the next generation BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Children’s Play, Learning and Development (CPLD) for teaching in England from 31 August 2014.
The qualifications affected are detailed below:
|Qualification number||Title||Size (GLH)|
|Pearson Level 3 BTEC Nationals in Children’s Care, Learning and Development (2007)|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Children’s Play, Learning and Development (2012) - next generation BTEC Nationals|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Children’s Play, Learning and Development (2014)* - new next generation BTEC Nationals, including EYE-compliant sizes|
What does this mean for your learners this academic year (2013/14)?
The table below will help ensure you have registered your learners on the right qualification for this current academic year:
|Centre scenario||Suggested qualification from September 2013|
|Scenario 1: Currently delivering combined assessment of Children and Young People’s Workforce NVQ (CYPW) and next generation BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Children’s Play, Learning and Development.||Continue combined assessment of CYPW and next generation BTEC Nationals in Children’s Play, Learning and Development.|
Learners that want to progress into Higher Education or employment.
Need an up–to-date early years course.
|Scenario 2: Currently teaching BTEC Level 3 National in Children’s Care, Learning and Development (CCLD).||Continue teaching BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Children’s Care, Learning and Development.|
Need a qualification that provides progression to Higher Education.
Need a qualification that is full and relevant - Certificate (720 GLH) or Diploma (1080 GLH) sizes only.
|Scenario 3: Needing a care-related qualification as part of a 16-19 Study Programme (not currently teaching BTEC).||
BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Health and Social Care(Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, 90-credit Diploma).
Looking to introduce a qualification smaller than 540 GLH, alongside other qualifications, as part of a 16-19 Study Programme.
Want a care-related qualification that offers progression to Higher Education.
|Review whether to offer new BTEC Nationals in CPLD with EYE-compliant sizes for the following academic year.|
|Scenario 4: Teaching 19+ learners looking to progress directly into employment.||Offer the Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (CYPW).|
Offering qualification as part of an apprenticeship.
Qualification delivered in the workplace.