This barrier is unrelated to the end of the transition period, following the United Kingdom's departure from the EU.


Restrictive requirements for UK early years teachers to work in China

in China

Trade barrier summary

China requires overseas workers in the education sector to be Chinese speakers, have a bachelor degree as minimum, and have two years of relevant work experience. Internationally, the 'early years' education sector requires most early years teachers have a Further Education college qualification. This results in teachers not being "qualified" enough to obtain a working visa to teach in China. These requirements also hinder UK kindergartens establishing in China.

Sectors affected

  • Education and training



Date reported

18 March 2019

Last updated

18 December 2020

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