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Age Range Requirements


There is an age related requirement to Early Years Initial Teacher Training. You will need to demonstrate your practice with babies through to young children and have some understanding of children’s developmental progression through to Key Stages 1 and 2.

There are certain Standards where you must evidence your  practice with each age group, such as S4.1,  which asks you to ‘plan….activities and educational programmes…that take into account the stage of development…of children.’

Other Standards would benefit from including evidence of your work with different age groups, such as Standards relating to planning and the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Although the Standards only refer to babies and young children, you will need practical experience of working with babies, toddlers and young children, so that you adequately evidence your understanding of how babies and children learn and develop (S2.2).


  1. Practical Tip 1

    Make yourself a chart with three columns and two rows and head it ‘Age-related evidence requirements.’

    At the top of each of the three columns write one of the three age ranges, ‘babies / toddlers / pre-school’.

    Label the top row, ‘essential age-related requirements’ and the bottom row ‘desirable age related evidence’.

    Read each Standard carefully.

    When a Standard has to be evidenced for each age range, in the top row note down the Standard’s number and a summary.

    When a Standard could be best met by including evidence for each age group, but it isn’t compulsory, record this in the lower row.

    1. Practical Tip 2

      You can use this chart as a checklist,

      • to remind you where you need evidence for each age range
      • to make the most of the age related evidence you do have, and
      • to add breadth and depth to your evidence for certain Standards.