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Articles of Interest


Articles of Interest

Here we will share with you articles and information relating to the Childcare sector. Please check back as more will be added.

Functional skills will be reinstated as alternatives to GCSEs in English and maths for Level 3 qualifications, the early years minister Caroline Dinenage confirmed

Thousands could miss out on free childcare, warns lobby group

Literacy and numeracy qualification requirements for level 3 Early Years Educator staff

Nursery schools blame government for shocking staffing crisis

Childcare places get £50m boost to help working parents

Nurseries at risk as staffing crisis hits, campaigners say

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Employer Engagement Event


Employer Engagement


Thank you to all of the employers that attended this years event on Friday 7th April 2017.

If you missed the event and would like some information on the event. Please contact our Employment team on 0121 454 2043.

Employer Engagement

Taster Day Event June 2017


Are you a school leaver?

Looking to pursue a career in Childcare?

Want to know what career pathway is right for you?

Then please come and join us at our annual Taster Day Event on Wednesday 28th June 2017!

Please contact Sophie Carmichael on 0121 454 2043 if you would like some more information about this event.


National Apprenticeship Awards 2017


The National Apprenticeship Awards 2017


The National Apprenticeship Awards, now in their fourteenth year, showcase the diverse range of sectors engaged with apprenticeships and celebrate outstanding apprentices and brilliant employers.

Hosted by the National Apprenticeship Service, the awards recognise excellence in businesses that grow their own talent with apprenticeships and apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces. They provide businesses and individuals with a platform to showcase how apprenticeships have made a real difference to their organisation and their careers.

Open to employers of all sizes from all sectors, this category celebrates employers who can showcase their commitment, contribution and the success that apprenticeships have brought to their organisation. The very best Employer of the Year category entries will have the additional bonus of featuring in the prestigious Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list.

The Apprentice of the Year categories are looking to award apprentices who are working towards or have recently completed their apprenticeship.

The Apprenticeship Champion of the Year category is open to individuals who go above and beyond to champion apprenticeships.

Crackerjack Training will be entering candidates again this year, check back soon to find out who our nominations are.

The 2017 awards are now open for entries until Friday 26 May 2017 at 5:00pm.


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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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