The Early Years Trailblazer Leadership Group has launched a consultation on the new draft apprenticeship Standard for the Early Years Educator (EYE).
Developed by employers, the new standard will replace the current framework for apprenticeships at Level 3 and is part of the ‘trailblazer’ initiative, launched by the government in response to the recommendations of Dragon’s Den entrepreneur Doug Richard.
Cheryl Hadland, chair of the Early Years Trailblazer Leadership Group, said, ‘Early years staff need to have a Department for Education (DfE) approved “full and relevant Level 3 qualification” to count in the L3 staffing ratios, so our apprenticeship has less room for manoeuvre than in many other sectors.
Nevertheless we have tried to define the additional skills and competences that someone needs to complete an apprenticeship at this level. Now we need employers and their staff to speak up, using this consultation – have we got it right? Or should there be more, or less, in the proposed new standard?’