Clarification on Level 2 Early Years Staff Ratios from September 2019

As you may be aware, the Department for Education (DfE) has produced Level 2 Criteria for Early Years, as they did for Level 3 in 2014 when introducing the Early Years Educator.

From 1st September 2019 any learner embarking upon a qualification at Level 2, wishing to enter the workforce and count in the ratios, will need to register on an approved DfE qualification from the Level 2 Early Years Practitioner qualification list. Our new Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner meets the criteria and appears on the DfE list.

Any learners who are currently registered, or will be registered before 1st September 2019 on a qualification containing Early Years knowledge and skills at Level 2 will not be affected, they will still be able to enter the workforce and count in the ratios for Level 2. This includes learners registered on the Level 2 Technical Certificate in Working with Children in Early Years and Primary Settings.

The criteria is not being applied retrospectively so if a practitioner holds a Level 2 qualification and has been counted in ratios up to 1st September 2019, they will continue to count after this date.

For more information about these qualifications please contact us.