On 29 January 2013 the Government published ‘More Great Childcare’ which sets out its vision to achieve a dynamic childcare market. The report incorporates the Government’s response to Professor Cathy Nutbrown’s review ‘Foundations for Quality’. Below is a summary of the main points of the report:
1. Early Years Teacher – Whilst the Government acknowledged that EYP’s have helped improve the quality it recommends that Early Years Teachers (without Qualified Teacher Status) replace EYPS. The first training for Early Years Teachers will begin in September 2013, with candidates embarking on a programme which amends the existing EYP standards to more closely match the Teaching Standards for classroom teachers. Early Years Teachers will have to meet the same entry requirements as primary classroom trainee teachers with at least a C grade in English, Maths and Science GCSE. From September 2014 they will be required to pass the same skills test as classroom teacher trainees before they start their courses. Those who have already achieved EYPS will have equivalence with the new Early Years Teacher.
2. Early Years Educators – In future, entrants to the profession will train at Level 3 to become Early Years Educators. All Early Years Educators will be required to have a minimum Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. The Teaching Agency will consult with employers on a new ‘tougher’ criteria for qualifications, with the aim of publishing these in the summer 2013. Awarding bodies will need to develop higher quality qualifications ready for introduction in September 2014 to comply with the new criteria.
3. Ratio Changes – The Government have proposed a change to ratios to allow providers with better qualified staff to offer more places. The proposals on ratios are: 1:4 for babies and one-year-olds (up from the current 1:3 ratio); and 1:6 for two-year-olds (currently 1:4). The ratios for three-to-five-year-olds will remain at 1:8, or 1:13 if led by a graduate.
4. Childminders – The Government sees the ratios as too restrictive and also wants to give childminders more flexibility over ratios. At the moment, childminders can look after six children, no more than three under-fives and only one under one. Childminders will still only be able to look after a total of 6 children, but the number of under-fives they can care for will increase from three to four and they will be able to look after two babies under one.
The full report and consultation can be found here: