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It’s up to you to decide how many members of staff you have supervising breaks and lunchtimes, unless you're an early years provider where there are set requirements. Get advice on deciding the right staffing ratio.

This article focuses on staffing ratios under normal circumstances. To find out about changes to the EYFS statutory framework affecting staffing ratios during coronavirus, read this article instead.

Requirements in the EYFS

If you're an early years provider, read our article on staffing ratio requirements in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). These requirements also apply to breaks and lunchtimes.

No set requirements after the EYFS

It's up to your school to decide pupil supervision arrangements during breaks and lunchtimes after the EYFS, because there's no staffing ratio requirement. 

This includes reception classes in which the majority of pupils will reach the age of 5, 6 or 7 during the course of the school year.

The DfE told us this. 

Complete a risk assessment

Age and context of your pupils - e.g. consider any pupils with special educational needs Nature of the activities that pupils will be doing