GCSE miniumum requirements lowering for Level Three


After some careful revision by the Government they have announced plans revoking changes that made GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above compulsory when considering Level Three worker ratios.

Those that would have been applying to study Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) in September would have only be counted as a Level Two practitioner if the GCSE minimums of C or above in English and Maths weren't met. These are no longer a limit to get Early Years Foundation Stage Level Three.

Chief executive of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, Neil Leitch, said: “We warmly welcome this change, which will ensure that talented, dedicated early years practitioners who have worked hard to gain Early Years Teacher Status will not face unnecessary barriers to establishing a career within the early years sector.

“In light of other recent changes to Early Years Educator qualification requirements, it is very encouraging to see the Government continuing to engage with, and actively listen to, the sector, and respond positively by making sensible changes that will help ensure the sustainability of the early years workforce in the long term.”


Chief executive of the NDNA, Purnima Tanuku, said: “NDNA has been calling for clarification to eliminate confusion for early years settings employing Early Years Teachers. Settings can now confidently manage the deployment of staff and be clear that they are EYFS compliant."

A Department for Education spokesperson said: “All the evidence shows that the higher the quality of childcare, the higher the quality of a child’s learning and development. We are totally committed to raising the bar and improving the care children receive.

“That is why we have brought all early years qualifications at Level 3 into line with the Children and Young People’s Workforce Apprenticeship, broadening the routes into childcare, but still ensuring the same high standard of providers is met.” 

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