Childcare and early years workforce and careers

Discover everything you need to know about childcare and early years careers and workforce.

Looking at starting a career in childcare, or for more information on recruiting, retaining and managing staff in an early years setting? 

Checking qualifications

Use the Government qualifications checker tool here to check staff have the correct qualifications to count in EYFS staff:child ratios. There are two lists, pre and post-September 2014, so you will need to know the date of the qualification you are checking.

If the qualification you have is not on the list, then it is not full and relevant. The member of staff can still be used as an unqualified member of staff but cannot be counted in the level 3 ratios. If you wish to find out more, or question the list, there is a contact us form at the bottom of the Government web page, which can be used to ask the Department for Education directly. 

Government guidance

See Government guidance on recruiting and managing early years staff here.

Free resources for the nursery floor

Find a wealth of practical resources for pracitioners in your setting.
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Free careers guide

Access your careers guidance and case studies.
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NDNA training

Training for your setting, written by early years experts.
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