Published date: 1 June 2022

Awarded contract - This means that the contract has been awarded to a supplier.

Closing: 5 April 2022, 9am

Contract summary


  • Education and training services - 80000000

Location of contract


Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

1 June 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)

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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 contract is for the first part of the project - the review itself.

More information

Previous notice about this procurement

Early Years Education Recovery (EYER) Programme: Level 3 qualification review

  • Opportunity
  • Published 2 March 2022, last edited 10 March 2022

Award information

Awarded date

10 May 2022

Contract start date

23 May 2022

Contract end date

9 September 2022

Total value of contract


This contract was awarded to 1 supplier.



Q6 Quorum Business Park, Newcastle upon Tyne,


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About the buyer


Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street