The Government has this morning announced that Functional Skills will be reinstated as an alternative qualification for Level 3 Early Years Educators.
The Save Our Early Years Campaign, led by CACHE, was supported by thousands of childcare organisations, concerned parents and educators from across the country, and was calling for one thing: a level playing field so that Functional Skills was accepted as an equivalent to count in the ratios for Level 3 Early Years Educators.
The Minister, Caroline Dinenage, deserves real credit for genuinely listening to the sector, hearing our concerns and changing the policy.
Julie Hyde, Associate Director of CACHE, the organisation that led the Save Our Early Years Campaign, said:
“We are delighted that the Government has taken the decision to reinstate Functional Skills as an alternative qualification for Level 3 Early Years Educators – it takes leadership to change tack, and Caroline Dinenage deserves real credit for genuinely listening to the sector, hearing our concerns and changing the policy.
“There is no doubt that the GCSE-only policy has impacted on recruitment – and that is why CACHE launched the Save Our Early Years campaign. Reinstating Functional Skills will enable early years settings to again hire the brilliant practitioners they need, and will again allow staff to progress, and remain in the workforce. Parents and their children will directly benefit from a greater choice of high-quality care.
“We would in particular like to thank the thousands of organisations and individuals who have supported the Save Our Early Years campaign – they have been instrumental in persuading the Government to change the policy, and without them we could not have done this.”