Published date: 2 March 2022

Last edited date: 10 March 2022

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Awarded contract (published 1 June 2022)

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Contract summary


  • Education and training services - 80000000

Location of contract

North East, North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, East Midlands, West Midlands, East of England, London, South East, South West

Value of contract

£100,000 to £200,000

Procurement reference


Published date

2 March 2022

Closing date

5 April 2022

Closing time


Contract start date

23 May 2022

Contract end date

9 September 2022

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (below threshold)

Any interested supplier may submit a tender in response to an opportunity notice.

This procedure can be used for procurements below the relevant contract value threshold.

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The earliest years are the most crucial point of child development and attending early education lays the foundation for lifelong learning and supports children's social and emotional development.

More than half of parents (56%) who used formal childcare before Covid-19 reported that the overall disruption to schools and childcare settings since March 2020 has harmed their child's social and educational development .

Evidence tells us that the quality of education and care in early years has the biggest impact on children's outcomes within a childcare setting. As such, we have designed a recovery programme for early years focused on supporting practitioners and leaders, who are key to addressing the impact of the pandemic on the youngest children.

One of the ways the Department for Education (DfE) is supporting early years settings is through a targeted continuous professional development (CPD) offer and focus on high quality qualifications. As part of this, DfE is conducting a review of the Level 3 qualification, including the criteria.

The Early Years Educator (EYE) Level 3 criteria are the criteria reflected in L3 EY qualifications. If the DfE assesses that a qualification meets the L3 criteria, then it can be considered "full and relevant" and added to the Early Years Qualifications List (EYQL) - meaning that holders of this qualification can count as qualified members of staff, and can work within the Level 3 staff:child ratios in England.

This project as a whole seeks to improve the quality and rigour of the L3 early years qualification, including the criteria, through consultation and engagement with stakeholders and users, and rigorous analysis of new and available data, thereby strengthening its quality and evidence-base. Our intention is for the review to take into account both the L3 criteria and its delivery. This Invitation to Tender (ITT) is for the first part of the project - the review itself. The review will be conducted by an organisation or consortium selected by DfE. This contract will run from WC 23 May 2022 to COP Friday 9 September 2022. There will be subsequent stages of the project after the review.

More information


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This open competition will be run via the DfE's e-procurement portal, Jaggaer. It is recommended that to avoid missing out, interested organisations register on this system as soon as possible. Links to the site and related guidance can be found via the following above.

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