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Qualifications list for those delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage

The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage sets out the requirements for staff/child ratios in settings delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage and the qualification levels that practitioners must hold. It is the role of CWDC to define the 'full and relevant' qualifications that practitioners included in the specified ratios must hold. 

The Early Years Qualifications list is a searchable tool designed to help those delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage to identify which qualifications are considered full and relevant. It also lists qualifications that, together with accredited additional learning, could enable a practitioner’s package of accredited learning to be viewed as 'full and relevant'.

Go to or call the helpline on 0300 123 1033(open Monday - Friday 8am - 8pm)

Important Information regarding EYPS (Early Years Professional Status) and QTS (Qualified Teacher Status)

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework specifically defines both Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) if gained in the Foundation Stage or Key Stage One as full and relevant qualifications at level 6.

Both EYPS and QTS (gained in Foundation Stage or Key Stage One) therefore fall outside the level 3 mapping process for the new qualifications list and are automatically considered to be full and relevant level 3 qualifications for the purposes of the EYFS.

Practitioners with QTS should, depending on the extent that their training specifically covers working with babies, toddlers and young children under the age of five , consider the need for additional training. CWDC recommends that Qualified Teachers without training in child development from birth to five should undertake EYPS.

Page updated: 13 September 2011

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