Match early years pay with primary salaries, DfE told

The government is being urged to “counteract a perception of the early years as a ‘springboard’ for teaching in primary education” by aligning pay across the sectors, and creating a “qualification equivalency” between Early Years Teaching Status (EYTS) and Qualified Teaching Status (QTS).

However, those wishing to obtain EYTS must still have a degree and at least a GCSE C /4 (or equivalent) in English, maths and science. They must also complete early years initial teacher training (EYITT) and demonstrate that they have met the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years).

The DfE also pointed out that pay and conditions in private, voluntary and independent settings are set by employers.