EYFS staffing ratio and qualification requirements

Get to grips with the staffing ratio and qualification requirements in early years settings, and download our summary of the rules.

Last reviewed on 21 December 2023See updates
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  1. Staffing requirements
  2. Definitions
  3. Additional information
  4. Download our summary

Staffing requirements

For all Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) settings

  • Managers:
    • Appointed on or after 1 January 2024: must hold a suitable level 2 qualification in maths, or must do so within 2 years of starting the position
    • Must hold at least a full and relevant level 3 qualification
    • Should have at least 2 years of experience of working in an early years setting, or have at least 2 years of other suitable experience
  • At least half of all other staff must hold at least an approved level 2 qualification
  • At least 1 person who has a current paediatric first aid (PFA) certificate must be on the premises and available at all times when children are present, and must accompany children on outings

'Setting' here refers to the provision as a whole. This means, for example, that in an EYFS setting with