More great childcare- the Government's response to the Nutbrown recommendations

Key features of the report:

  • Early Years Teachers. We want more high quality graduates to work in the early years. Early Years Professionals have helped improve the quality of early education but public recognition of their status remains low. We will introduce Early Years Teachers to build upon the strengths of the Early Years Professionals programme. Early Years Teachers will specialise in early childhood development and meet the same entry requirements and pass the same skills tests as trainee school teachers. We will start training the first Early Years Teachers from September 2013. We will improve the existing standards for Early Years Professionals so that they more closely match the Teaching Standards for classroom teachers. Early Years Teachers will have to meet the same entry requirements as primary classroom trainee teachers – at least a C grade in English, maths and science at GCSE. From September 2014, they will be required to pass the same skills tests as classroom teacher trainees before they start their courses.
  • Early Years Educators. We must also improve the quality of people below graduate level working in the early years. In future, people will train at Level 3 to become Early Years Educators. Only the best qualifications, which meet rigorous criteria set out by the Teaching Agency, will earn the ‘Early Years Educator’ title. All Early Years Educators will be required to have at least a C grade in GCSE English and maths. They will often act as assistants to Early Years Teachers.
  • Local authorities currently retain £160 million a year of the funding intended to deliver early education to three- and four-year-olds, some of which is spent on duplicating work Ofsted is already doing. Furthermore, providers have to satisfy inspectors from both Ofsted and their local authority, who often issue different or even contradictory requirements.
  • Ending duplication in inspection. We will make the Ofsted inspection rating the sole test of whether a provider can offer funded early education for two-, three- and four-year-olds. This will relieve local authorities of the burden of inspecting early years, enabling them to pass more of the funding they are given by central government for early education onto the front line. Providers will no longer have to accommodate separate inspections by Ofsted and local authorities.
  • Encouraging schools to take younger children. We want to see many more schools offering childcare and education to young children. Some schools already do this very well in their nursery classes. We will make it easier for schools to teach younger children by removing the requirement on schools to register separately with Ofsted if they wish to provide for children under three. We are also going to reform the current cumbersome statutory processes required of schools if they want to take children lower down the age range.
  • The Nutbrown recommendation that "Any individual holding Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) should be able to access routes to obtain QTS as a priority" was not accepted. The report states "Those with EYPS are graduates already trained specifically to work with babies and children from birth to five years. Existing Early Years Professionals will in future be seen as the equivalent of Early Years Teachers. Early Years Professionals will therefore not need to obtain QTS to increase their status, although routes are already available to QTS if they wish to take them."

Read the full report here