Early Years

Early Years Qualifications

Early Years Qualifications

Starting an Early Years Qualification

If you need help or advice, please contact us. You may also wish to contact a local training provider (Further Education College or training company or University) to discuss which early years courses are offered and whether they suit your needs. 
Please email us at earlyyears@buckscc.gov.uk

Meeting the EYFS Requirements

All providers following the EYFS are required to have staff qualified to the minimum requirements set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. This document sets out the ratio of staff to children and the minimum qualification requirements required for staff working directly with children for all types of settings and schools.

Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2017)

To count in the ratio for qualified staff and work directly with children, practitioners must hold a qualification that appears in the list of ‘full and relevant qualifications’ published by the Government. It is easy for employers and practitioners to check if qualifications are on the list.

EYFS staff: child ratios - DfE approved qualifications

A qualification that has ‘early years educator’ in its title or offers an ‘early years educator’ pathway is considered full and relevant.

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