January subject update
This update introduces the new Subject Advisor in Childcare and sector news.
Introduction to the new Subject Advisor for Childcare - Esther Trehearn
My name is Esther Trehearn, the new Subject Advisor for Health and Social Care and Childcare. I have been working in a large FE college for the past 6 years in the Early Years and Care department. I have taught from Entry to Level 3 and have taught BTEC for several years.
Department for Education NCTL Consultation
The NCTL are seeking views on the proposed early years assistant (level 2) criteria and their suitability for qualifications in early education and childcare. Currently there are no criteria in place at level 2, and the proposal is to put in place criteria at level 2, to complement the Early Years Educator Criteria at level 3. As teachers who deliver this qualification, it is important that you are aware of the proposed criteria and if in your opinion they are reflective of level 2 roles. These criteria will be applied to qualifications in apprenticeships and learners in full time education wanting to progress to work in level 2 roles.
BTEC Level 2 Technical in Children’s Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Assistant)
There have been some minor changes to our BTEC Level 2 Technical in Children's Play, Learning and Development specification in order to prepare this qualification to meet DfE requirements for performance measures (Technical Certificate, 2020 results) The changes are to Unit 7 Developing Professional Practice in Early Years Settings. This unit is still about reflection, but it now gives more guidance and improved links to the work placement and the first six units. This is the synoptic assessment and should only be completed at the end of the programme.