Liz Truss, the children’s minister, appeared on schedule at the NDNA conference in Peterborough today, fresh from her U-turn over ratios. Unfortunately the NDNA chief executive, Purnima Tanuku, overran in her speech, so that by the time Ms Truss got to the podium it was 12.04 instead of the scheduled 11.55. “Good afternoon….” she began, drily.
The speech itself was all pretty familiar ground – just a rehash of More Great Childcare minus any reference to ratios. Two points of interest – the report of the consultation on the criteria for the new level 3 Early Years Educator qualification is expected ‘shortly’. And in a throwaway reference to the importance of early years staff who don’t aspire to qualified status, the Minister appeared to signal a rejection of the Nutbrown recommendation for a move to a 100% level 3 workforce. Some economic sense seems to be prevailing.
PBD’s stand at the conference was well attended, with lots of interest in the new level 5 qualification.