Guest Blog

Our lead assessor was recently asked to guest blog for an expert early years consultant.  John Warren has a wealth of experience and has now worked in the childcare industry for over 30 years and is regularly invited to talk at key childcare events and conferences. John spent 3 years with Kidsunlmited in a Regional role supporting new openings. Before this for Asquith Nurseries again in a Regional Childcare support role for 4 years. Prior to this he was an OFSTED inspector for 6 years and a local authority inspector in Southwark for 10 years. He has worked as a nursery nurse, Deputy and Nursery Manager mainly in South East London and also spent 3 years working for the NCH as Family Centre Worker and Community Development Manager. 

Cheryl was delighted to be asked to write about her experiences as an assessor and as a mother by such a leading figure in the childcare sector.  Follow the link below to read the blog and for details on the services that John can offer your setting.

Do also contact Cheryl to discuss your training needs and how she may be able to share her passion and experiences with you or other staff within your setting


For more information please contact our office: 0208 642 8866

Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage

On 3 April 2017, changes to the Early Years Foundation Stage will come into force and will need to be implemented by all early years settings.

The main changes are found on this summary page www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2017/03/EYFS-2017_One-page-guide-for-providers_FINAL.pdf 

Two of the major updates link to the changes in training expectations.  Firstly the removal of the GSCE requirements, now replaced by Functional skills for those completing level 3 qualifications.  Then also the requirements for first aid training for all newly qualified entrants to the early years workforce in order for any level 2 or level 3 practitioners to be included in the statutory staff:child ratios. 

If you have any queries regarding the changes or need support for training for you or your staff or then do please get in touch

GSCE turn around

On Friday 3rd March following a hard fought campaign, the minister for Early Years at the Department of Education Caroline Dinenage, announced that the decision has been made to reinstate Functional Skills and to scrap the GCSE requirement for Level 3 childcare qualifications.

The #saveourearlyyears campaign, backed by CACHE, NCFE, NDNA, Pre School Learning Alliance, ourselves and many other leading childcare experts, felt that the need for a GCSE grade A-C grade was disproportionate to the requirements of the role and that a Functional Skill qualification in Maths and English would be sufficient. 

Since the news broke we have been contacted by many Level 2 practitioners who now feel that they can progress with their chosen career, which is fantastic as the majority of them are passionate, motivated and keen practitioners.  Before the u turn we may have lost them from the sector as the requirement for a C Maths grade was just too far out of reach.

We are now able to support individuals through their level 3 qualification alongside the functional skills element.  We continue to offer training that meets the needs of the learner and the early years setting, working in partnership to embed all round learning and development supporting effective practice. 

Please contact us for further details and to meet one of our team who can talk you through how we would be able to meet your training needs.