Qualifications started before September 2014

Practitioners who completed or registered for a qualification before 1 September 2014 must hold a qualification that meets the full and relevant criteria to be counted in the level 3 child:staff ratios.

 

The following early education and childcare qualifications are considered full and relevant and were offered by various awarding organisations, and may be included in a level 3 apprenticeship framework:

 

  • Level 3 NVQ in Caring for Children and Young People
  • Level 3 NVQ in Childcare and Education
  • Level 3 NVQ in Children’s Care, Learning and Development
  • Level 3 NVQ in Early Years Care and Education
  • Level 3 NVQ in Playwork
  • Level 3 Diploma in Playwork (NVQ)
  • Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (Early Learning and Childcare)

 

The NNEB Certificate and Diploma are considered full and relevant at Level 3.

 

The following teaching assistant and supporting teaching and learning qualifications are considered full and relevant at level 3 where the practitioner achieved them and had their practice assessed in the Early Years Foundation Stage in the maintained sector:

 

  • Level 3 NVQ for Teaching Assistants
  • Level 3 NVQ in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Level 3 Diploma in Support Work in Schools
  • Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support in Teaching and Learning
  • Level 3 National Diploma in Specialist Support in Teaching and Learning
  • Level 3 Certificate for Teaching Assistants *
  • Level 3 Certificate in Support Work in Schools *

 

* where the holder has also achieved the Level 3 Certificate in Early Years Foundation Stage Practice

 

The Higher Level Teaching Assistant Status (HLTA) is considered full and relevant where the learner has a certificate awarded by either the Training and Development Agency or the Teaching Agency, and had their practice assessed in the Early Years Foundation Stage in the maintained sector.

 

Health and social care qualifications are not considered to be full and relevant. Practitioners who started their full and relevant qualification before 1 September 2014 can count in the staff:child ratios at level 3 without holding literacy and numeracy qualifications.

 

Qualifications started after September 2014

Practitioners who registered for a qualification from 1 September 2014 must hold a qualification that meets the early years educator criteria to be considered full and relevant and to be counted in the level 3 ratios. The linked PDF file provides a list of those qualifications that have met early years educator criteria. Download the PDF file.

 

A qualification that has early years educator’ in its title or offers an ‘early years educator’ pathway is considered full and relevant.

 

To count in the ratios at level 3, staff holding an early years educator qualification must also have achieved suitable level 2 literacy & numeracy qualifications.  

 

If you hold a level 3 early years educator qualification but do not have suitable level 2 literacy & numeracy qualifications you can be counted within the level 2 ratios.

 

These are minimum qualification requirements for ‘entry to employment’. Employers are free to set their own specific requirements for recruitment of staff. Government does not set the entry requirements for early years training courses and training providers are also able to set their own entry requirements.