The DfE has published the early years workforce strategy setting out how the department plans to support the early years sector to remove barriers to attracting, retaining and developing the early years workforce. Commitments contained in this strategy include:
- enabling staff with an Early Years Educator (EYE) qualification who also hold level 2 English and mathematics qualifications, including Functional Skills, to count in the level 3 staff:child ratios.
- consulting on allowing those with Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), and its predecessor Early Years Professional Status (EYPS), to lead nursery and reception classes in maintained schools.
- working with the sector to develop level 2 childcare qualification criteria.
- improving the quality of early years training and providing access to continuous professional development (CPD).
- providing funding to support the sector to develop quality improvement support in partnership with schools and local authorities.
The government’s response to the Level 3 early years educator: numeracy and literacy requirements consultation can be found here.