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The Early Years Educator Qualification and Teachers’ Standards: Early Years have been published today by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

As part of the government’s overhaul of training and qualifications in childcare and early education, the National College of Teaching and Leadership is setting out more detail on what will be expected of the new Early Years Teachers and Early Years Educators.

The qualification criteria lay out the minimum requirements for what Early Years Teachers and Early Years Educators should know, understand and be able to do to be qualified to support young children age birth to five in the Early Years Foundation Stage.  The criteria focus on improving the quality of early years staff, and allow for a range of approaches so professionals have freedom to structure activity to best suit children’s needs.

Early years teachers will be graduate leaders in early years settings on a par with school teachers. They will need to meet new standards, published today, which closely mirror the standards for classroom teachers, and trainees will need to take the same skills tests taken by classroom teacher trainees.  Early years educators will hold A level equivalent qualifications and provide support to early years teachers.

These publications have been published following consultation and strong sector requests for clarity and focus on the essential aspects of training that early years staff should receive.

You can view the documents Teacher’s Standards: Early Years  and  Early Years Educator (Level 3): Qualifications Criteria on the gov.uk website.

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