A new draft apprenticeship standard for the Early Years Educator, developed by employers will replace the current framework for apprenticeships at Level 3, and has been released for consultation. 

Part of the ‘Trailblazer’ initiative, the new standard has been launched by the government in response to the recommendations of entrepreneur Doug Richard that employers should be at the forefront when it comes to determining apprenticeship content.

Chair of the early years trailblazer group, Cheryl Hadland, has said “Early years staff need to have a Department for Education (DfE)  approved “full and relevant Level 3 qualification” (Revised EYFS Mar 14 pg 20) to count in the L3 staffing ratios, so our apprenticeship has less room for manoeuvre than in many other sectors.  Nevertheless we have tried to define the additional skills and competences that someone needs to complete an apprenticeship at this level.  Now we need employers and their staff to speak up, using this consultation.”

The Consultation went live last week, and will run for 1 month ending on Thursday 22 May, after this date the trailblazer group will submit the standard to skills minister Matthew Hancock for approval.

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