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The DfE is seeking views on the proposed early years assistant (level 2) criteria and their suitability for qualifications in early education and childcare. These criteria will support level 2 workers to gain the knowledge and skills they need to progress in their career in early years. The criteria will also enable employers to recognise suitable training and qualifications more easily. The criteria will be developed to support progression to level 3 study and with a new level 2 apprenticeship standard in mind. The new qualifications are expected to be available for delivery from September 2019.

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  1. Anita Hinton on December 7, 2017
    As an employer I am constantly disappointed with the training delivered to my staff. I don't think it equips them with the knowledge to become a competent practitioner.
  2. Sofia on December 7, 2017
    Hello, I am owner of a medium sized children nursery. We are always struggling to recruit qualified Nursery practitioners. We find that level 2 entry to Early Years is highly beneficial to young people that allows them to be introduced to the EYFS. I believe that the proposed level 2 early years assistant qualification will help with tacking an recruitment crisis in yearly years.
  3. Maureen Rafferty on December 7, 2017
    It would be a fantastic initiative if there was apprenticeship available to people who are level 2 already in childcare and want to be trained for level 3 . If there was sponsorship for the training and also support with English and mathematics if the young person has not acquired a C pass in GCSE or Level 2 Functional skills. We need to offer these young adults a career . So many are blocked from progressing forward due to their lack of GCSE passess- especially in English and Mathematics .
  4. Dawn Morland on December 7, 2017
    We definitely need more criteria around EYFS, observation, safeguarding, planning, behaviour management, and general health and safety including e-safety. Level 2 learners need to be ready for level 3 and the new qualification needs to support this.
  5. Janet Spiers on December 7, 2017
    Where can I find the proposed early years assistant (level 2) criteria?
  6. angela marney on December 8, 2017
    The CACHE level 2 Certificate in an Introduction to Early years Education and Care is a very well designed course that provides a thorough introduction to the Early Years Assistant role .Learners are observed to ensure that they are meeting the required standards for care and education. It provides a really good progression to level 3 as the curriculum is clearly differentiated.
  7. Debby Smith on December 8, 2017
    In theory this is a good idea it will depend on the quality of the training provider. Over the years it appears Level 3 and I fact all child are qualifications are becoming g very water down leading to poorly qualified practitioners with a qualification but no real understanding of practice or theory. This leads to poor quality settings
  8. Maggie Jeffery on December 11, 2017
    I feel as a previous employer and now education assessor that this is a great way for level 2 child care assistants to understand and value the job they are doing and fully experience first hand what the role entails. They will be able to observe practice and understand all of the responsibilities before fully committing to a qualification that they are un-sure of. From an employer's point of view they can establish dedicated level 2 assistants who want to progress onto level 3 and may need support with functional skills which can be supported to complete at this time. Also for the employer to establish reliable people and not time wasters. A great way for all concerned to feel appreciated and feel valued, when they are committing to such a worth while and rewarding vocation.
  9. sandra french on December 12, 2017
    As a manager who has given placements to level 2 applicants attending college it shocked me that the student hadnt seen the Development matters in Early Years Foundation Stage(EYFS), or the Statutory Framwork both these documents are like our Bible in childcare. Surely to begin to use these to support there learning would be valuable,