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EYFS staff:child ratios – DfE approved qualifications

Lists of qualifications that meet DfE’s criteria for counting in the early years foundation stage framework staff:child ratios.

Applies to England


Early years qualifications achieved in England check list

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Early years qualifications achieved in England



This check list of early years qualifications achieved in England details all full and relevant qualifications accepted by the Department for Education (DfE) to work in an early years setting as well as common qualifications that are not accepted.

Please check the list thoroughly and only contact the department once you have consulted this.

This accompanying guidance includes further information on qualifications achieved in England:

  • started before 1 September 2014
  • started after 1 September 2014
  • at level 2 and 3
  • in special educational needs and disability (SEND)

For early years qualifications achieved outside England you should check the Early years qualifications achieved outside England guidance.

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