EYFS - Guide to how many children per metre

EYFS - Guide to how many children per metre

Posted on Oct 08, 2016

EYFS - Guide to how many children per metre



The safety and stability of your premises, environment, and the equipment you and the children in your setting use, must be fit for purpose.

You may not have considered it before, but your premises (both indoor and outdoor play areas) needs to be suitable for the age of children in your care.

The EYFS even specifies how much indoor space you’ll need for each child within your setting, based on their age.


So what are the measurements?

You will need to ensure you meet the following indoor space requirements:

  • Children under two years: 3.5m2 per child.

  • Two-year-olds: 2.5 m2 per child.

  • Children aged three to five years: 2.3 m2 per child.


What does this allowance include?

These calculations should be based on the net area of the rooms used by the children. When considering your setting's allowance, not including storage areas, hallways, landings, dedicated staff areas, cloakrooms, utility rooms, kitchens and bathrooms.

Do I need anything else?

Provision must be made, either a designated space or partitioned area, for children who wish to relax, play quietly or sleep. This space needs to be equipped with appropriate furniture. Always remember that sleeping children must be frequently checked.

For childminding settings, there should be a separate baby room for children under the age of two. However, providers must ensure that children in a baby room have contact with older children and are moved into the older age group, when appropriate. You’ll need to provide access to an outdoor play area too, or, if that is not possible, ensure that outdoor activities are planned and taken on a daily basis (unless circumstances make this inappropriate, for example poor or unsafe weather conditions).

You also need to make sure that, so far as is reasonable, your facilities, equipment and access to the premises are suitable for children with disabilities.


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