Like most people, I suspect, I thought that there was a consultation going on about the standards for Early Years Teachers. Officially, the government says that the consultation is closed and "we are analysing your responses."
But a completely different message and impression is being given elsewhere. The Best Practice Network (a Prime Organisation contracted by the Teaching Agency to deliver Early Years Initial Teacher Training) has published the Teachers' Standards (Early Years) [DOC] without any words like "draft" or "subject to consultation". From their page, you can then click through to apply for either entry or practitioner pathways.
Does this mean that the Standards are now in place regardless of the analysis of the consultation? or does this mean that people might apply for places, unaware of the fact that the framework might change mid-course? I'm not sure.
If you're interested in this, you might also be interested in my previous post: When is a teacher not a teacher?