Early years qualifcations: pre-September 2014 criteria

Criteria that early years qualifications, started before 1 September 2014, must meet to be classed as 'full and relevant' by DfE.



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

If a person’s 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