Alliance welcomes announcement on Early Years Teacher Status requirements

Pre-School Learning Alliance

The Pre-school Learning Alliance has welcomed the news, confirmed by the Department for Education today, that practitioners who hold Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) can count in staff ratios, whether or not they hold GCSEs at grade C or above.

Commenting on the announcement, Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, said:

“We warmly welcome this change, which will ensure that talented, dedicated early years practitioners who have worked hard to gain Early Years Teacher Status will not face unnecessary barriers to establishing a career within the early years sector.

“In light of other recent changes to Early Years Educator qualification requirements, it is very encouraging to see the government continuing to engage with, and actively listen to, the sector, and respond positively by making sensible changes that will help ensure the sustainability of the early years workforce in the long term.”