Update: 14 February 2017
Commenting on news that: “A government u-turn on GCSE requirements for early years educator apprenticeships has the backing of the secretary of state for women, equalities and early years, but FE Week understands the final government decision is being delayed by the Prime Minister’s office“, Voice General Secretary Deborah Lawson commented:
“While the minister’s reported support for change is welcome, it is disappointing that there is further delay, given the Government’s aspirations for the 30 hours scheme and the real recruitment problems caused by the introduction of this qualification level without thought for the wider implications.
“Voice supports quality and qualification standards for the profession, but they should not prevent good, experienced people from progressing their career in childcare.”
Update: 16 December 2016
Update: 28 November 2016
Update: 5 November 2016
Updates: October 2016
See also comments below.
Update: 29 September 2016
See also EYE article on recruitment and retention crisis (October 2016).
3 May 2016
Voice is supporting the Save Our Early Years campaign, which is 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.”
Voice General Secretary Deborah Lawson has expressed concern about how the “fact functional skills or some form of equivalent assessment is not an accepted qualification…is going to have an impact on those progressing through the system and seeing childcare as a viable long-term career prospect.”