Early education and childcare workforce: level 2 qualifications criteria

Closes 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 We Are Consulting

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.








Give Us Your Views


  • 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