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Level 2 Early Years Trailblazer group opens consultation

By Rachel Lawler
Level 2 Early Years Trailblazer group
A new trailblazer group, launched last week, is aiming to create a Level 2 Early Years Practitioner apprenticeship.
The group has also announced the start of a sector-wide survey on the qualification – which can be accessed here.
The Level 2 Apprenticeship aims to offer unqualified childcare staff a chance to progress, while improving the quality of provision for their employers and benefiting the children in their care.
The Alliance’s director of quality improvement, Michael Freeston, has been named as the group’s employer chair. Other sector representatives in the group include colleagues from CACHE, Kids Plants Day Nurseries, Kids Allowed, LEYF, Each Peach Childcare, Paint Pots Nursery, Happy Tree Ltd, Just Childcare, Childbase Partnership, Ashbourne Day Nurseries and Sky High Achievers.
Freeston commented: “It’s essential that the Level 2 Standard is in place by September this year. This trailblazer group will be made up of a wide range of employers and other organisations to ensure the new standard meets the needs of the sector as a whole and I encourage all involved with workforce development in our sector to respond to the consultation.”
Julie Hyde, director at CACHE, added: “This consultation presents the sector with a real opportunity to ensure that the Standard is fit for purpose and meets the needs of employers and practitioners. I therefore encourage all within the sector to take part and have their say.”
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