Extended services: staffing ratios

The rules for staffing classes also apply for extended provision. Find out the staff you need depending on the age groups of your holiday, after-school and breakfast clubs.

Last reviewed on 25 October 2023
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  1. EYFS and KS1: apply statutory class-size requirements
  2. Other year groups: no set staffing ratios 

EYFS and KS1: apply statutory class-size requirements

The minimum statutory ratio (and qualification requirements) that you have for Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and infant classes also apply to extended provision. If your extended provision caters for groups of children that are: 

  • Up to reception age, read our summary of the EYFS ratios and qualification requirements here
  • Reception age 'and older' (reception and Key Stage (KS) 1), you must use the same ratios you use for a class of 30 - read our summary of infant class sizes here

This is set out in paragraph 3.50 of the EYFS framework, and was explained to us by the Department for Education and Ofsted.

The ratios outlined above are only the minimum – do a risk assessment to determine how many staff you'll need for your provision. Use our article on risk assessments for breakfast and after-school clubs to get started with your own.

Mixed-age groups including EYFS children