Dr Eunice Lumsden, who worked as a social worker for 20 years before becoming the Head of Early Years at the University of Northampton, has been appointed to join the Education and Childcare route panel.
Dr Lumsden was appointed by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education and has contributed to the Early Years Professional Status and the Early Years Teacher Status Standards internal reference groups, and has been on the Early Years Level 2 qualifying specialist panel.
One of the panel’s jobs is to prepare and get the standards for level 2 ready for September, to motivate unqualified childcare staff to get qualified, with the new standards leading to a new Level 2 Early Years Practitioner apprenticeship.
Dr Lumsden said to daynursieres.co.uk: “It’s my professional and personal mission to raise the profile of early childhood – not just the importance of the early years for our youngest children and their families, but also the value of those people who are gaining qualifications in order to professionally care for those children.”
Her research interests include child maltreatment, poverty and professionalisation of the early childhood workforce.
“I’m looking forward to working with the Institute to support the development of apprenticeships in the Education and Childcare field that have children at their heart, and reflect the nuances of early years care and education,” she added.