Voice welcomes Early Years Workforce Strategy and policy change on early years GCSE requirement

Date: 03.03.17
Voice has welcomed publication of the Early Years Workforce Strategy and news that the Government will now accept functional skills as an equivalent to GCSEs for level 3 early years practitioners.

 


3 March 2017 

Voice welcomes Early Years Workforce Strategy, but concerned it won’t solve recruitment and retention crisis

Voice: the union for education professionalshas welcomed the publication of the Early Years Workforce Strategy by the Department for Education (DfE) in England, but expressed concerns that it will not solve the recruitment and retention crisis in childcare.

Senior Professional OfficerTricia Pritchard said:

“We welcome the publication of this long-awaited strategy and its commitment to training and continuing professional development (CPD).

“We have welcomed the changes to the GCSE requirements for Level 3 Early Years Educators (EYEs) and recognition of functional skills.

“We are also pleased by the commitment to examine the ‘status and parity of early years teachers’, who do not currently have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and therefore lack the status and career opportunities of school teachers with QTS.

“However, we are concerned that the strategy does not create the pay and career structures needed toaddress the recruitment and retention crisis. There is no mention of ‘salaries’ in the document and little on pay.

“We will take part in the consultations and look forward to discussing the strategy at our next meetings with the minister and departmental officials.”


Further information

Early years workforce strategy (DfE)

 


3 March 2017 

Voice welcomes policy change on early years GCSE requirement

Voice: the union for education professionals has welcomed news that the Government will now accept functional skills as an equivalent to GCSEs for level 3 early years practitioners. 

Senior Professional Officer Tricia Pritchard said:

“Voice has been campaigning for this change along with our colleagues in the ‘Save our Early Years’ campaign.  

“We are delighted that the Government has listened to the profession.  

“We look forward to the long-awaited early years workforce strategy, which we understand the Government will publish shortly.

“Voice supports quality and qualification  standards for the profession, but they should not prevent good, experienced people from progressing their career in childcare.

“Over-reliance on academic qualifications failed to consider how to retain the wealth of experience, talent and potential within the workforce, especially those dedicated individuals with career aspirations who lack the academic qualifications but who can ably demonstrate they have the equivalent functional skills.

“Employers, training providers and awarding bodies had flagged the issue as a barrier, not only to progression within the profession, but also to initial entry to it, adding to the recruitment and retention crisis.”


Further information

Voice supports Save Our Early Years campaign

DfE:

Literacy and numeracy of level 3 early years  educator staff 

Level 3 early years educator: numeracy and literacy requirements


 

Contacts:

Voice Press Office
Email: pressoffice@voicetheunion.org.uk

Senior Professional Officer (Early Years and Childcare) Tricia Pritchard
Email: triciapritchard@voicetheunion.org.uk

Tel: 01332 372337