New international early years qualification to launch

The Level 1 Early Excellence Accredited Qualification (EExAQ) will be piloted in kindergartens in China and with educators in the UK before its international roll-out next year. Nursery World reports.

The modular assessed qualification will provide evidence-based and practical training for educators new to working with children aged three to seven in kindergartens across the world.

It has been developed in response to the need for high-quality training and professional development to sustain quality provision in international kindergartens, which are interested in adopting a ‘EYFS inspired’ approach.

It will also be trialled in the UK next year, focusing on teaching assistants, newly-qualified teachers, Level 2 teachers with one to three years’ experience and Level 3 EYFS leaders.

Liz Marsden, founder and Chief executive of EEX, said, ‘We are uniquely placed to support the development of quality Kindergarten provision because we work not only with early years but also with practitioners in KS1.  Although in the UK, the EYFS and the National Curriculum for KS1 are separated, we have always ensured that the pedagogical approaches applied are part of a progressive continuum. This fits very closely with an international view of Kindergartens which educate children from up to the age of seven.’

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