||<p>We are committed to ensuring that all children have access to high quality early
education and can achieve their full potential. The latest Ofsted data confirms that
95% of early years providers are now rated ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’, up from 68% in
2010.</p><p> </p><p>The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework is mandatory
for all early years providers in England. It sets out the staffing requirements for
early years settings, including ratios and qualifications.</p><p> </p><p>In March
2017, we published the early years workforce strategy. This set out how the government
will support employers to attract, retain and develop high quality early years staff,
which is available here: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-workforce-strategy"
</p><p>Since then we have worked with sector stakeholders to develop criteria for
new more robust level 2 qualifications and awarded a grant to take forward activity
to promote gender diversity in the early years workforce. We have also created a new
career pathway document to support careers advice, recruitment and staff development.
This information is available here: <a href="https://www.cache.org.uk/media/1417/dfe-career-pathway-map-v17.pdf"
</p><p>We are also supporting employer trailblazer groups to develop new apprenticeship
standards for the early years workforce and investing £20 million in in-service professional
development and training for early years practitioners in pre-reception settings in
disadvantaged areas.</p><p> </p>