Last reviewed 4 June 2021

Nurseries can now claim £1,000 for every Education and Childcare T-Level student they host on an industry placement, as part of a new incentive scheme.

The Department of Education (DfE) has launched the scheme to support and encourage employers impacted by the pandemic to keep hosting placements. Early years providers will be able to claim for up to 20 students for the Education and Childcare T-Level from 27 May 2021 until July 2022.

The Education and Childcare qualification was one of the first three T-levels to be introduced in September 2020. T-Levels are a key part of the reforms to skills and technical education and the new funding builds on the Government’s efforts to transform post-16 education. The technical qualification is equivalent to three A Levels and combines classroom study with industry placements.

Industry placements form a key component of T-Level courses, with students spending at least 45 days (or 315 hours) with an employer. The Government has also published a new Employer Guide to help organisations understand how to host an industry placement, including details on what is expected of them during the placement.

Stella Ziolkowski, director of quality and training at the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA), said:

“We are delighted that settings are provided with much needed financial support to enable them to offer these placements.”

“Working in childcare is a rewarding career and we hope this support for qualifications will provide opportunities to secure much needed practitioners within the early years sector.”