Early education and childcare workforce: level 2 qualifications criteria

Closed 28 Feb 2018

Opened 7 Dec 2017


We are seeking views on the proposed early years assistant (level 2) criteria and their suitability for qualifications in early education and childcare.

Why your views matter

We’d like your views on the proposed assessment criteria for the minimum content of level 2 early years assistant qualifications.

The early years workforce strategy set out our intention to develop criteria for level 2 childcare qualifications. Criteria for early years educators (level 3) are already available.

The Level 2 Qualification Criteria Consultation Document and the proposed Early Years Assistant Level 2 Criteria can be found under the ‘Related’ area at the bottom of this page. Please read these before completing the online survey.








What happens next

The results of the consultation and the Department's response will be published on GOV.UK once the consultation responses have been analysed.


  • Teachers
  • Headteachers
  • School support staff
  • Early learning and childcare providers
  • Training providers
  • Local authorities
  • Adult education providers
  • Further education colleges
  • Parents
  • Foster carers
  • Adoptive parents
  • Employers
  • Unions and representative organisations


  • Early learning and childcare
  • Early years foundation stage