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Early years minister Caroline Dinenage Confirmed that the GCSE Level 3 rules have been scrapped

After an overwhelming pressure from the early years sector, functional skills will be reinstated as alternatives to GCSEs in English and maths for Level 3 qualifications, the early years minister Caroline Dinenage confirmed today
The new Level 3 qualification requirements will come into force from 3 April, at the same time as the new Early Years Foundation Stage framework, also published today, will come into effect
This means that nursery staff qualifying at Level 3 EYE will be allowed to count in staff:child ratios with any suitable Level 2 English and maths qualifications, including Functional Skills as well as GCSEs.

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