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GCSE Rule for the Early Years Educator Revoked


GCSE Rule for the Early Years Educator Revoked

On the 3rd March 2017, the Department for Education announced the changes to the Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage, stating that, Functional skills will be reinstated as alternatives to GCSEs in English and maths for Level 3 qualifications, effective from the 3rd April 2017.

As set out in the government response to the L3 consultation, to count in the ratios at level 3, staff holding an EYE qualification must also have achieved a suitable level 2 qualification in English and maths.


This is great news for the sector and could not have been achieved without all of the support, through the Save Our Early Years Campaign. Thank you to everyone who took part.

Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage (from 3 April 2017)
Key Changes – Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage (from 3 April 2017)

Advanced Learner Loan

Advanced Leaner Loan

You can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of a course at a college or training provider in England.

Loan eligibility doesn’t depend on your income and there are no credit checks.

Check if you’re eligible before you apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

Different funding is available if you want to study in Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales.


You’ll have to pay your loan back when both the following apply:

  • you’ve finished your course
  • you earn more than £21,000 a year

Early Years Assessor


 Childcare Tutor – Salary dependant on experience

Crackerjack Training is an outstanding training provider for Early Years and Play-work qualifications.

Due to the popularity of our courses we are now looking for a full time Early Years tutor to support our students. We are now looking to make this appointment as soon as possible.

The ideal candidate will:

  • have a background working within Early Years
  • have a relevant teaching qualification eg PGCe / PTLLS / DTLLS
  • have strong communication skills
  • be able to work independently
  • have an Early Years qualification to Level 3 or above
  • have strong organisational skills

Responsibilities will include:

  • Organise & Planning delivery of teaching sessions
  • Delivery of teaching sessions to young people (aged 16-23)

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Level 2 Functional Skills/or equivalent in English, Maths & ICT

NB : Full DBS will be required on successful appointment

Testimonial 1

Lauren Toon

Lauren Toon
Lauren Toon

Before coming to Crackerjack Training I had just finished secondary school and was looking for a childcare placement.
So far at Crackerjack Training, I have completed the Level 1 Study Programme and the Level 2 Traineeship in Children and Young People’s Workforce. In these courses I have done vocational skills in English, Maths and ICT, First Aid and Food Hygiene. I am now working towards my Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator (EYE).
Since starting Crackerjack Training, I have received a lot of support. I was found a placement to attend alongside my qualifications. I have been given support by my tutors and assessor in work as well as any other issues that I may have in college and in my personal life. I have met new people whilst being on the course, who I have become friends with. I have also gained experience within a childcare setting and gained the knowledge to work with children.

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