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Apprenticeships are getting an update, with plans for employer-led standards coinciding with the introduction of the Level 3 EYE qualification and new GCSE rules. Ross Midgley explains.

Play and understanding child development at 5-7 are areas that have been seized on by the awarding bodies in designing the new Early Years Educator qualifications. Gabriella Jozwiak reports.

Thousands of early years students could drop out of the sector if entry plans for apprenticeships go ahead, nursery employers have warned.

Early years initial teacher training requires experience of Key Stage 1, but this should not stop childminders from taking Early Years Teacher courses.

Some childminders are being put off enrolling for Early Years Teacher courses in September because of the requirement to undertake at least two weeks' work experience in a school.

In the first of a nine-part series, Gabriella Jozwiak introduces the six criteria for the new level 3 Early Years Educator qualification, and reports on their reception from the sector.

Name: Jennifer Parker Position: Deputy pre-school manager at Jeavons Wood Primary School in Cambourne

The first early years teachers have now qualified for the role - and they have much to celebrate, says Best Practice Network's Maureen Lee.

The first Montessori Early Years Educator qualifications have been approved and will be available to study from September.

Programme co-ordinator Nikki Fairchild reports on current student progress and welcomes an external reviewer to help Chichester University gear up for its three new EYTS pathways in September