Research conducted by the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) has revealed a decline in the number of individuals enrolling on Level 3 Early Years courses.

Seventy two percent of further education colleges who participated in the study reported a decline in enrolments for the academic year 2015-2016 in comparison with the previous year.  In total, 56% of colleges in the survey said that enrolments had decreased significantly.

This decline has been attributed primarily to the changes in GCSE entry requirements.  In total, 94% of those surveyed considered that if functional skills in Maths and English were allowed in place of GCSEs, more Level 2 learners would go on to study at Level 3.

Chief executive of PACEY, Liz Bayram, commented that the research ‘has reinforced the key challenges that the sector is facing – and it is clear that urgent action is needed’.

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Don’t forget, we offer a range of safeguarding training including Child Protection for Childminders and Safeguarding in Education: Early Years, which is specifically written for those working in EYs environments.