Recently I was invited down to London by Tots100 to meet with Elizabeth Truss, the Minister with responsibility for education and childcare. Along with six other bloggers we were there to discuss the new More great childcare: Raising quality and giving parents more choice paper with is currently under consultation.
|Elizabeth Truss with Tots100 parent bloggers
Minister for Education and Childcare Elizabeth Truss met with You’re not from round here, Who’s the Mummy?, Boo Roo and Tigger Too, Being a Mummy, Commando Dad, Muddling Along Mummy, and Victoria Wallop
Raising the status and quality of the workforce
Early Years Teachers
Introducing Early Years Teachers to build upon the strengths of the Early Years Professional programme. They will specialise in early childhood development and meet the same entry requirements and pass the same skill tests as trainee school teachers.
Early Years Educators
Improving the quality of people below graduate, training them at Level 3 to become Early Years Educators. Only the best qualifications will meet the criteria set out by the Teaching Agency. All Early Years Educators will be required to have at least a grade C in GCSE English and Maths. Enabling then to act as assistants to Early Years Teachers.
Freeing high quality providers to offer more places
English child to staff ratios are much tighter than other European countries, the paper details proposals to change these ratios.
The table below details the current and proposed changes to ratios within a nursery setting. The increase in child numbers was highlighted as optional for nurseries and that they did not have to take more children that the individual nursery thought that they could main standards with.