Why Voice supports the Save Our Early Years campaign (updated: Success!) #SaveOurEarlyYears

3 Mar

Update: 3 March 2017

Voice welcomes policy change on early years GCSE requirement 

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

New report recognises a ‘real need for greater recognition for functional skills’

Update: 28 November 2016
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Update: 5 November 2016

Voice welcomes early years qualification consultation

Updates: October 2016

Recruitment problems highlighted in articles in Nursery World.

See also comments below.

Update: 29 September 2016

“Nurseries at risk as staffing crisis hits, campaigners say” (BBC News)

Voice’s response.

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.”

Writing for the campaign’s blog, Deborah Lawson commented: “The current requirement presents a significant risk to the early years profession”.

Do let us know your views…


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12 Responses to “Why Voice supports the Save Our Early Years campaign (updated: Success!) #SaveOurEarlyYears”

  1. Val Payne 25. Apr, 2016 at 4:29 pm #

    In Jersey it has been standard practice for many years for Early Years Practitioners to have Grade C in GCSC English & Maths

  2. Richard Fraser 06. May, 2016 at 12:04 pm #

    Julie Hyde, Executive Director of CACHE, appearing on BBC News for #SaveOurEarlyYears

  3. Richard Fraser 11. Jul, 2016 at 10:11 am #

    “Colleges blame GCSE requirement for fall in EYE take-up” (Nursery World) http://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/nursery-world/news/1158134/colleges-blame-gcse-requirement-for-fall-in-eye-take-up

  4. Richard Fraser 06. Oct, 2016 at 10:37 am #

    Exclusive: Childcare minister Caroline Dinenage tells daynurseries.co.uk what she’ll do for early years

  5. Richard Fraser 13. Oct, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    Nine in 10 call for Government to scrap nursery qualifications policy


  6. Richard Fraser 16. Nov, 2016 at 4:50 pm #

    Evening Standard article: https://twitter.com/SaveOurEarlyYrs/status/798925475301261313

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