This response outlines the NUT’s concerns about proposed changes to Ofsted inspection arrangements for early years provision. It also considers Government proposals to extend Ofsted’s role in early years quality assurance and improvement work at the expense of local authorities’ existing support services.
The National Union of Teachers (NUT) welcomes the opportunity to respond to the DfE proposals on the arrangements for how staff should be deployed in early years settings. The NUT’s comments focus on its members’ experiences as both providers and users of early years provision.
This response critiques the Government’s proposals for reforming early education and care. It argues that quality of provision would be severely compromised if the Government implemented its proposals to deregulate and remove statutory requirements wherever possible, particularly in terms of ratios. It rejects the proposals to remove most support, monitoring and quality assurance functions from LAs and to make Ofsted the “sole arbiter of quality”. It also challenges the international evidence offered to justify the Government’s plans. A summary version of the response is also available.
This response welcomes the development of a new Level 3 early years qualification, which aims to replace the previous NNEB qualification. The NUT expresses some concerns about the proposed content of the training for the qualification and makes the case for further consideration to be given to those members of the early years workforce who hold Level 2 or below qualifications.
This response outlines the NUT’s concerns about the proposed introduction of Early Years Teacher Standards, which could potentially remove the requirement for Qualified Teacher Status in early education. It also highlights a number of aspects of the Standards which are inappropriate for the full birth to five year old age range.
This document provides information and advice on the extension of the free entitlement to early learning and childcare for two year olds for both NUT divisions and for members working in the early years.
Recent developments in Wales and Scotland have shown that the time is right for a fundamental review of National Curriculum and assessment arrangements and that playbased approaches to teaching and learning should form an essential part of that review.