Big drop in learners qualified to level 3 


The number of students completing level 3 early years courses has halved over the last three years.

Awarding body CACHE analysed Ofqual figures and found that the number of students halved from 35,000 to 17,000 between 2014 and 2016.

Read the report here.  

Stella Ziolkowski, NDNA’s Director of Quality and Workforce Development, said: “NDNA warned the Department for Education of the detrimental impact of the English and maths GCSE requirement at the outset of the consultation. 

“In addition to this, NDNA had gathered and shared evidence from our workforce surveys in 2015 and 2016 with the DfE which demonstrated the huge impact that this policy was having on the GCSE requirement. 

“It is clear that higher qualified staff deliver high quality early years experiences and the GCSE policy clearly worked against this.  NDNA campaigned on allowing functional skills to continue to form part of the level 3 qualification, but to also provide a route for those who wished to undertake GCSE as a progression to Early Years Teacher.  

“We are extremely pleased that the DfE chose to listen to the sector and implement the change to the GCSE requirement. However it will take a number of years to rectify the damage caused.  Our workforce survey findings were highlighted in the DfE’s Workforce Strategy and we will be pleased to work with the DfE to ensure they listen to the sector in the development and roll out of this.”