The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets out the requirements for staff to child ratios in settings delivering the EYFS in settings delivering the EYFS and the qualification levels that practitioners must hold.
Holders of level 2 qualifications that are considered full and relevant can be counted within the ratios at level 2.
Holders of qualifications at level 3 and above, for example, Foundation Degrees and Degrees that are considered full and relevant can be counted within the ratios at level 3.
Qualifications started after September 2014
Practitioners, who start a qualification from 1 September 2014 must hold a qualification that meets the early years educator criteria to be considered full and relevant and to be counted in the level 3 ratios. The linked PDF file provides a list of those qualifications that so far have met early years educator. Download the PDF file.
To count in the ratios at level 3, staff holding an early years educator qualification must also have achieved GCSEs in English and maths at grade C or above.
It is essential to check that candidate’s qualifications are full and relevant as part of your recruitment process. Clink on the link below for an easy and quick check
You can also check your existing team qualifications via the same website.