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NEWS: DfE announces new NPQ for early years in England

The Department for Education has announced its reformed National Professional Qualifications in England which includes a new qualification in Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL) available from autumn 2022.

The new NPQ in Early Years Leadership has been developed for all early years practitioners in England who are qualified to Level 3 or higher, including registered childminders, with leadership responsibilities e.g. employ an assistant. It will provide training and support to develop or improve the skills and capabilities needed to lead an early years setting and work with colleagues to ensure the needs of all the children at that setting are met. You can read the full framework for this qualification here and further information on eligibility can be found here.

Liz Bayram, Chief Executive of PACEY comments:

“It is welcome news that childminders who have worked hard supporting children through the pandemic will be able to build on their skills and expertise through this new qualification next year.

“But this is only a small part of a much needed workforce strategy that addresses the historical issues that cast a shadow over the sector – low funding, low recruitment, poor retention, low pay, an undervalued and stressed workforce.  We continue to push for a review of current childcare and early education funding and for the DfE to work with the sector to develop a long term strategy that overcomes these issues and ensures the sector can continue to support children and families.”