Recruiting and managing early years staff

Initial teacher training, qualifications criteria, standards, disqualifications.


  1. Applying to waive disqualification: early years and childcare providers

    Forms and guidance for childminders and providers of childcare on non-domestic premises.

Guidance and regulation

  1. Check early years qualifications
  2. EYFS staff:child ratios - DfE approved qualifications
  3. Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006
  1. Early years qualifcations: pre-September 2014 criteria

    • Guidance
    • Department for Education
  2. Early years educator (level 3): qualifications criteria

    • Guidance
    • Department for Education and Closed organisation: National College for Teaching and Leadership
See all guidance and regulation

Policy and engagement

  1. Early education and childcare workforce: level 2 qualifications