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Change in GCSE Rules for Early Years Teachers

The Government announced today that holders of Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) in England will now count in the Early Years Foundation Stage ratios at Level 3 regardless of whether or not they hold GCSEs at Grade C or above.

This recognises the fact that holders of EYTS have passed the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy required for entry to Early Years Teacher training courses. As part of their Level 6 course, they also will have studied teaching numeracy and literacy for children under five.

The change only relates to training commenced from September 2014.

The Early Years Qualification List has been amended to reflect the change, which follows last week’s removal of GCSE entry requirements for standalone Early Years Educator courses at Level 3.

PACEY welcomes both changes, which we believe will support childcare professionals to further develop their careers and progress to graduate level more easily.

You can contact PACEY for advice about issues affecting your career, through our website, by calling 0300 003 0005, or through our social media channels.