The 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 the Teaching Agency 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'.

Using the Qualification Finder
Use the search box below to look for individual qualifications; from the results list select the qualification and click on it to find out whether or not it meets all the criteria, then see which training and development pathways are required or recommended for that qualification.

Please note, a useful search tip when using the Qualifications Finder, is to use as few key words as possible, as this will bring up a broader range of qualifications.


Note: Users should search for the practitioner’s highest level qualification first. If the Qualifications List states that further accredited training and/or development is required to upgrade the qualification to meet the qualification requirements, practitioners should then use the Qualifications List to check whether the requirement has already been met through their other qualifications.

For further information, help and guidance on the Qualifications List please click on the links in the menu list on the left of this page.