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T Levels: the future of education and early years

As the leading sector specialists, we are delighted to have developed the technical qualification for the Education and Early Years T Level. 

This landmark technical qualification was launched in September 2020, making it one of the first T Levels to be available to students. 

Backed by employers, developed by experts 

We worked with over 45 sector bodies, employers, expert practitioners and training providers to develop the technical qualification that underpins the Education and Early Years T Level. 

This substantial collaboration enabled us to ensure this technical qualification reflects the needs of the sector and specialist occupations they serve – in turn supporting students’ preparation for work or further study in the education and childcare sector. 

Supporting providers every step of the way  

We understand that T Levels are completely new qualifications, and we’re committed to supporting your delivery every step of the way, to maximise outcomes for your learners.  We’ve prepared a comprehensive package of support materials, resources and activities to help you deliver these transformative qualifications. 

 Our offer includes: 

  • Guidance documents 
  • Support videos 
  • Sample assessment materials. 
A dedicated account specialist to support you 

Every NCFE T Level provider is assigned a dedicated account specialist who is on hand to support them throughout their T Level journey. This single point of contact means the answer to any T Level query is never more than a phone call or email away. 

About the Education and Early Years T Level 

Will the T Level provide a license to practice upon successful completion? 

Students who successfully achieve the Early Years Education and Childcare occupational specialism will be counted in the employment ratios for childcare. 

What is the CACHE Technical Qualification element of the T Level? 

The Level 3 Technical Qualification in Education and Early Years will provide students with the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to progress into skilled employment or higher-level technical training or study in the education and childcare sector. 

There are 2 occupational specialisms within the qualification, which are: Early Years Educator, and Assisting Teaching, both of which will consist of both classroom-based and practical learning.

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