New Early Years Educator Technical Qualifications approved

New Early Years Educator Technical Qualifications are approved

07 April 2014

City & Guilds has received approval for the first in a suite of qualifications to be used in the upcoming TechBac. 

The City & Guilds Level 3 Technical Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator: EYE) was accredited last week and will be open for registrations from 1 September 2014. 

Georgie Shillitoe, Qualification Progression Manager at City & Guilds, said: 'We were delighted to get accreditation from Ofqual. The EYE qualifications are the first of many new qualifications we are developing for the 14-19 market and it’s exciting to know that after months of consultation and development, they will be available for our customers to use in the very near future.'

Employers and centres have also expressed their anticipation over the new qualifications. 

Kerry Sturmey, Regional General Manager for the South at Mama Bear’s Day Nursery & Pre-school, commented: 'I feel that this is a good qualification and has good merit. I like the fact it recognises practitioners as educators. I am excited about new qualifications coming into force to continually drive quality and raise recognition of Early Years practitioners.'

The City & Guilds TechBac will launch in a number of sectors from September 2014. At the heart of the programme will be a substantial Technical Qualification such as the Level 3 Technical Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner, which must be taken alongside an accredited Extended Project, a work placement and the completion of workplace skills. 

TechBac learners will also have access to innovative technology platforms and learning support, as well as an industry mentor to guide them through their programme. The EYE qualifications will appear on KS5 Performance Tables from September 2016 and will carry UCAS points. For full qualification details visit the qualification web page.


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