In response to the Early Years regulatory changes announcement, 27 October, Phil Anderson, Strategic Director of External Affairs at the National Children’s Bureau, said:
"Today, the government published its decision to change regulations covering childcare and early education, including whether to lower the qualification levels required by professionals in certain circumstances.
"NCB had serious concerns with the initial consultation, and argued that the cumulative impact of the proposals could damage both the quality and safety of provision, as well as leading to a less inclusive offer for disabled children and those with special educational needs.
"We, therefore, welcome the government’s decision today not to proceed with the two proposals that had the greatest potential for harm: to remove qualification requirements outside of peak hours and to dilute the required number of Level 2 qualified staff members. These were the areas where there was most concern in the sector and the government listened.
"We now urge the government to build on this positive momentum and continue an open dialogue with the children’s sector in this period of rapid expansion in early years entitlements. The proposals that are going ahead still pose risks, and we must work to ensure high-quality, inclusive provision is at the heart of the offer for every child."