Guidance: Early years qualifications: pre-September 2014 criteria

Department For Education

December 8
13:23 2023


From 4 January 2024 please refer to Early years qualification requirements and standards.

Criteria for practitioners and staff working in early years settings, who completed or registered for a childcare qualification before 1 September 2014.

If a persons qualification meets the full and relevant criteria set by DfE, you can count them, at the appropriate level, in the early years foundation stage (EYFS) staff:child ratios.

These are set out in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

You should use this criteria alongside the detailed guidance on checking early years qualifications.

Published 1 April 2012
Last updated 8 December 2023 +show all updates
  1. Added a link to 'Early years qualification requirements and standards', which you should refer to from 4 January 2024.

  2. First published.

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