EYFS Leaders Forum
Identifying good practice through developing practice in the following key areas:
- EYFS vision
- Data analysis
- Action plans
- Curriculum areas
- Transition into Y1
Early Years leaders will develop a shared understanding of improvement principles and strategies.
GLF, Claygate House, Esher, Surrey KT10 9PN
EYFS Statutory Framework
GLF Early Years Vision Statement
EYFS Qualifications and Staffing Ratios
An updated version of the statutory framework for the EYFS, published by the Department for Education (DfE), is in force from 3 April 2017.
The framework is mandatory for all early years providers. This includes maintained schools, academies, independent schools and all providers on the Early Years Register.
Pages 21-22 set out statutory staffing qualification requirements in EYFS settings, explaining that regardless of the setting and age of pupils, in all group settings:
- The manager of the setting must hold at least a full and relevant level 3 qualification
- At least half of all other staff must hold at least a full and relevant level 2 qualification
- The manager of the setting should have at least two years’ experience of working in an early years setting, or have at least two years’ other suitable experience
- At least one person who has a current paediatric first aid (PFA) certificate must be on the premises and available at all times when children are present, and must accompany children on outings
'setting' refers to the provision as a whole. This means, for example, that in an EYFS setting with a nursery and reception class, the nursery and reception class are each part of the same setting.
Changes to PFA requirements for staffing ratios
As of 3 April 2017, all newly-qualified EYFS staff who completed a level 2 or 3 qualification must also have a paediatric first aid (PFA) or emergency PFA certificate within 3 months of starting work in order to be included in the staff:child ratios in an EYFS setting.
Staff appointed between 30 June 2016 and 2 April 2017 must have either a full PFA or an emergency PFA certificate by 2 July 2017 in order to be included in the staff:child ratios.
This is set out on page 22 of the framework, which also specifies that PFA training "must be relevant for workers caring for young children", and that the certificate must be for a full course consistent with the criteria set out in annex A of the framework (on page 36).