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.
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'.
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. We recommend that Qualified Teachers without training in child development from birth to five should undertake EYPS.
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