We are campaigning for the Government to reverse its decision that all Level 3 Early Years Educators (EYEs) must have at least a Grade C in GCSE English and maths to count in the ratios - with no equitable alternative at Level 2 such as Functional Skills allowed.

This policy will bite from this September, and will mean there will be a significant shortfall in the number of Level 3 EYEs. This threatens the quality of care children will get, and means childcare costs for parents will increase.

We agree English and maths are important - but Functional Skills in English and maths also provide staff with essential soft skills and must be accepted.

How to help

We need your help to make our voice heard in Government. Please share this site across social media and send a message to the Education Secretary Justine Greening that this policy needs to be amended. For more information on the campaign, please contact our press team at press@saveourearlyyears.org.uk.

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