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 January 2022
School types: All · School phases: Nursery, Primary
Ref: 1267
Contents
  1. Staffing requirements
  2. Definitions
  3. Additional information
  4. Download our summary

Staffing requirements

For all Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) settings

  • The manager of the setting must hold at least a full and relevant level 3 qualification
  • At least half of all other staff must hold at least a full and relevant level 2 qualification
  • The manager of the setting 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 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

See pages 26 and 28 of the statutory framework for