May 2016 work-based learning and colleges update
This month's update includes information about how to save our Early Years, the new government consultation on disqualification by association, and the free Sector Development forum.
Save our Early Years
In 2014, the government altered the requirements for those taking a Level 3 in childcare. Now, all Level 3 Early Years Educators (EYEs) must have at least a C grade in GCSE English and maths to count in the ratios - with equitable alternatives such as Functional Skills no longer considered as an option.
#SaveOurEarlyYears, a campaign made up of leading childcare organisations, concerned parents and educators from across the country, is calling for one thing: a level playing field (in line with other sectors) for Functional Skills to be considered as an acceptable equivalent option to count in the ratios for Level 3 EYEs.
The Childcare Act is now law, and from September 2017, 3- and 4-year-olds of working parents will eligible for 1140 hours of government-funded childcare per year – the equivalent of 30 hours per week over 38 weeks of the year. The Department for Education is currently consulting on certain aspects of how the scheme will be delivered. PACEY has produced new FAQs on the extended entitlement summarising what they know so far.
New government consultation on disqualification by association
The government has launched a consultation into amending current rules on disqualification by association.
As it stands, anyone working in childcare can automatically be disqualified from working with children if someone who lives or works in their household is disqualified.
Free Sector Development Forums
We are running some free Sector Development Forum events so you can keep informed about what is happening in this sector.