The Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC) is a key organisation in delivery of the 2020 Children and Young People's Workforce Strategy and this includes responsibility for developing the Early Years workforce.
The CWDC's work includes developing the Early Years Professionals Status and ensuring that training and assessment is high quality, that enough candidates are recruited to meet the Government's aims for Early Years Professionals1 and that the rest of the workforce are qualified to at least level 3. The CWDC has also developed a new process for the sector endorsement of Early Years Foundation Degrees which is a bridge for practitioners from Level 3 to Early Years Professional Status.
CWDC is not responsible for the accreditation of training but has a role in the approval of qualifications.
The accreditation of qualifications for those in the early years workforce is the responsibility of the relevant awarding organisations offering these qualifications.
However, in order for qualifications to sit on the regulated framework they must receive approval from the relevant Sector Skills Council. CWDC is part of the Sector Skills Council, Skills for Care and Development and responds to qualification approval requests on behalf on the early years workforce in England. The CWDC reviews qualifications to ensure they reflect current policy and the available National Occupational Standards (NOS).
1 The Government aim to have an EYP in every children's centre by 2010 and in every full daycare setting by 2015.
Since its establishment in 2005, a small number of functions have been transferred to the Children's Workforce Development Council from the Department for Children, Schools and Families. These include:
the maintenance of the Early Years and Playwork qualifications database, and providing a helpline for employers and individuals with queries about it;
the endorsement of Foundation Degrees in early years, and in Working with Young People;
ownership of National Occupational Standards in Learning, Development and Support Services;
maintaining and updating managers' and practitioners' guidance and training materials on the Common Assessment Framework, Lead Professional, and updating the Common Assessment Form itself.