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Although there has been no response yet from the Government to the Nutbrown review of early years qualifications and workforce, there have been some interesting clues emerging as to what some of the decisions might be.

The Status has proved its worth on many fronts and now it is time for the Government to decide how it can be built on, says Dr Eunice Lumsden

'Narrowing the gap' has been a central focus of investment in early years, aimed at decreasing the divide in life chances between those children who are the haves and have-nots.

Raising the qualifications bar risks locking out some school leavers and young people, warns CACHE chief executive Richard Dorrance, in his response to the Nutbrown review.

Ensuring that early education and childcare professionals have the right skills is vitally important. That is why I commissioned a comprehensive review of qualifications last year.

There will doubtless be long and heated discussions over Professor Cathy Nutbrown's recommendations put forward in her final report, Foundations for Quality: the independent review of early education and childcare qualifications, before the Government makes its response.

Put young children first when responding to the final report from Nutbrown, says Chelle Davison, senior lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University, chair of SEFDEY North East Region, and member of the expert panel for the Nutbrown Review

"It doesn't take GCSE's or anything else to change nappies, just common sense" - comments on the Nutbrown Review. Julian Grenier gives his response on his latest blog

We have to make sure that courses offer early years students what they need.

The Nutbrown interim report, the Level 3 Diploma and what it all means for the sector.

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