Date: 09 March, 2017
Last week, it was announced that the
government will reinstate Functional Skills as
an alternative to GCSE maths and English for Level 3 Early Years Educators
Following this landmark decision, some of
those already working towards an EYE qualification have asked whether they can
now switch over to Functional Skills. The good news is that the answer is yes.
The Department for Education has confirmed
“As you may
be aware, in response to the government consultation on the literacy and
numeracy requirements for level 3 Early Years Educator (EYE) staff and as part
of the early years workforce strategy, the current GCSE English and maths
requirements for level 3 EYE have been broadened to include other suitable
level 2 qualifications. This also includes level 2 Functional Skills.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework will come into
force from 3 April 2017, and will enable staff with an EYE qualification
and suitable level 2 English and mathematics qualifications to count in the
level 3 staff: child ratios. This change will impact anyone who already
holds an EYE qualification, began studying an EYE since 1 September 2014 or
takes up an EYE in the future.
that learners who are currently working towards an EYE qualification (either
stand alone or as part of an apprenticeship program) can count in the level 3
ratios if they hold a suitable level 2 qualification in English and maths once
they have achieved their EYE qualification.
Funding Agency will be disseminating communications to training providers to
outline changes to the funding rules for apprenticeships and informing them
that continuing learners can be transferred from GCSEs to Functional Skills.
Department for Education (DfE) is responsible for defining the level 2
qualifications that are suitable. These are listed in Annex B of the
level 3 government response at
The early years workforce strategy is available at
EYFS is available at