April 2016 work-based learning and colleges update: Childcare sector

Tue Apr 26 11:00:00 UTC 2016

This month's update includes information on the 30 hours free childcare consultation, Residential Childcare Level 3 Diploma Clarification on structure and Early Years new apprenticeship standards.

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Publication of 30 hours free childcare consultation

The Government invites views on how they should provide an extended entitlement of up to 30 hours free childcare for working parents of 3- and 4-year- olds.

They are seeking views on:

  • how local authorities should work with childcare providers to provide the entitlement
  • how we meet the needs of working parents
  • provision for children with special education needs and disabilities
  • how local authorities tell parents about locally available childcare
  • how local authorities would operate a ‘grace period’ (what happens if a parent loses their eligibility for the entitlement).

This consultation closes at 5pm on 6 June 2016.

Residential Childcare Level 3 Diploma: clarification on structure

To achieve this qualification learners must complete a minimum of 61 credits, including:

  • 53 credits from the 16 mandatory units in Group A, and
  • a minimum of 8 credits from three optional units in Group B.

Early Years Trailblazer

New standards will be developed by the employer group for the following roles in an early years setting:

  • Assistant early years practitioner Level 2
  • Assistant equalities named coordinator Level 3
  • Lead equalities named coordinator Level 3
  • Senior early years practitioner Level 4
  • Quality improvement leader Level 4
  • Health & wellbeing leader Level 4
  • Early years centre leader Level 5
  • Service leader Level 5.
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