October 2015 work-based learning and colleges update
This month's update includes information on the first national Men in Early Years conference, the EYE Apprenticeship and Early Years Common Inspection Framework.
First national Men in Early Years conference launches in 2016
To be held in Southampton next February, the conference will also introduce a charter for Early Years settings that welcome male practitioners.
"Currently less than 2% of the early years workforce is male and the aim is to build up a national resource bank to lobby the Government to encourage men to enter the profession."
The SFA has confirmed that the Pearson Edexcel Level 1/2 Certificate English Language (600/0138/0) is eligible for 2015/16 funding within the EYE Apprenticeship framework.
The funding will be applied retrospectively to learners who started on the EYE pathway between 6 April and 31 July 2015.
Available on LARS from the week commencing 21 September 2015.
Early Years – Common Inspection Framework
If you’re a registered childcare professional in England, things have changed recently.
Since 1 September 2015, your inspection framework has been revamped. Ofsted has introduced a “Common Inspection Framework”, meaning that early years providers are inspected in a similar way to all other registered people and settings – from schools to further education colleges.
Ofsted has introduced this Common Inspection Framework to improve the consistency of inspections and the language used in the reports. All settings, from nurseries and child minders to technical colleges will be judged on the same criteria.