A new Early Years Educator apprenticeship standard has been published today as part of the government’s ‘trailblazer’ apprenticeship programme.

The new apprenticeship standard, which has been developed in line with Early Year’s employers, has been approved by the government and will mean that Grade C in English and Maths will be an exit requirement rather than an entry requirement for the first year. This will enable training providers to have more time to prepare their students.

Skills Minister, Nick Boles, said: “We are extremely pleased to have the Early Years Educator standard approved by the Government including the decision to make GCSE’s an exit requirement for the standard.

“It is an extremely helpful step by Early Years Minister Sam Gyimah, which we must take full advantage of,” said Trailblazer Chair Chrissy Meleady.

“However we must bear in mind that this decision will only be in place for the first year and then reviewed. It is therefore extremely important training providers use this transitional period to ensure apprentices achieve their GCSE’s by the time they complete their apprenticeship. They must also take the opportunity to prepare level 2 students for their GCSE exams with a view to their progressing to level 3 next year.”

The Early Years Apprenticeship Trailblazer Group is now looking toward its next phase in developing the detailed assessment plan and developing further standards.

“We are really looking forward to working on higher level qualifications if we are successful in Phase 3,” said Chrissy.

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