Children’s healthcare/early years’ professionals needed

Image of people doing a team hand-stackChildren’s healthcare/early years’ professionals, we’re looking for your help.

As one of the UK’s leading awarding organisations and educational publishers, it’s our job to develop qualifications and supporting resources to support people in their chosen career.

But we wouldn’t be able to do that without the help of our magnificent subject matter experts, who provide the knowledge and insight needed to make our qualifications and resources relevant.

We’re currently looking for people who have significant experience of working in children’s healthcare and early years settings.

As a subject matter expert, you’d be contracted on a self-employed, consultancy basis to support the qualification development team with the development and review of qualifications and associated assessment material using your extensive subject specialism and experience to inform our projects.

So if you’re interested in becoming part of the Highfield team, send us a DM or get in touch on

To see other opportunities in this sector with Highfield, take a look here

New early years level 3 qualification development

We need your help behind the scenes for a new early years level 3 qualification we’re developing for those working or hoping to work in the early years’ sector.

The qualification will be developed to meet the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage, to count in the EYFS child:staff ratios. It will meet the Department for Education’s ‘full and relevant’ criteria.

If you’re a Highfield centre and are interested in receiving further information on the development of the early years level 3 qualification, or would like to be involved in the user group, please contact your account manager. Or email us at 

For more on our current range of early years and childcare qualifications go to our website. 

Also, if you’re interested in our full review of early years, children and young people’s sector qualifications, check the article below

Review of early years, children and young people’s sector qualifications

Review of early years, children and young people’s sector qualifications

We’re currently reviewing our suite of qualifications for the early years, children and young people’s sector and would appreciate your input!

From 1 September 2019, the Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce will no longer be included in the ratios for working in the early years’ sector.

Therefore we are seeking centre feedback on what sort of qualifications would most appropriately meet centres’ and learners’ needs, so that we can steer our development work towards our customers’ needs.

If you’ve got a moment, please take a look at the following questions and let us have feedback on the comments below.

Which of the following qualifications would you like to see us offer and what would be the likely take-up of these qualifications within your organisation?

1. Early Years Practitioner
2. Early Years Educator
3. Children and Young People’s Social Care
4. Any other qualifications not mentioned

You can check out our current qualification offer for the sector here. 

If you’re an early years apprentice you can claim up to £3000 this summer

early years apprenticeIf you’re an early years or child care sector apprentice you may not be aware that the government has an Apprenticeship Bursary Scheme that potentially entitles you to up to £3000.

The scheme was launched last year to encourage higher qualified candidates to pursue a career working with young children.

The first 200 people to apply will receive bursaries of £3000. The remaining applicants will receive £1500, so even if you’re not amongst the first, you’ll still get something. There’s also a further £300 training allowance up for grabs.

To qualify, you’ll need to be have started employment as an apprentice after 1 June 2013, and be training for the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in the Children and Young People’s Workforce.

You’ll also need to have achieved a GCSE grade C or above in English and maths before you started your job, and have been in employment as an advanced apprentice for at least 3 months.

However, the offer is only available until 31 August, so you’ll need to apply quickly.

For more information, go to the official GOV.UK page.

Consultation on early years’ trailblazers

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.

early years trailblazerCheryl 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?’