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To help prepare for the new Early Year Foundation Stage the foundation years team have collected the ten most frequently asked questions and provided answers to each. If you have further questions you can post them in the Foundation Years forum.

Q. When will the new EYFS be published?

Q. Will there be guidance?

Q. Will there be hard copies available?

Q. How soon do I need to implement the new EYFS?

Q. Will there be extra money available to support implementation?

Q. Where can I go for support?

Q. What else do I need to know?

Q. What resources will there be to help me with weekly and medium term planning?

Q. What role has Ofsted played in the development of the new EYFS?

Q. How will I know what the new EYFS means for me?



Q. When will the new EYFS be published?

Spring 2012

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Q. Will there be guidance?

Yes. There will be guidance including;

  • EYFS Profile guidance
  • Remodelled ‘Development Matters’ material
  • A summary of the EYFS for parents
  • 2 year old progress check guidance
  • A checklist highlighting the changes between the 2008 Framework and the revised 2012 version

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Q. Will there be hard copies?

No. The statutory framework and all guidance will ONLY be available in electronic copies. The statutory framework will be available the Department for Education website and the guidance and a link to the framework will be on the Foundation Years website.

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Q. How soon do I need implement the new EYFS?

It will become a legal requirement to implement the new EYFS from September 2012. In the meantime, providers are legally required to continue implementing the current (2008) EYFS but should familiarize themselves with the new framework and plan accordingly.

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Q. Will there be extra money available?

There will be no central government funding. In line with best practice local authorities and or linked organizations should be able to signpost you to support, resources and training to help you implement the new EYFS.

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Q. Where can I go for support?

The Foundation Years website will have a whole section dedicated to the new EYFS with accessible information, easy to understand guidance, existing resources, case studies and examples of best practice which will be consistently updated.

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Q. What do I need to know?

We have produced a handout for you to download which includes lots of helpful information.

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Q. What resources will there be to help me with weekly/medium term planning?

Working with the Department for Education, Early Education will be producing new development matters material as part of the suite of guidance to support the implementation of the new EYFS.

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Q. What role has Ofsted played in the development of the new EYFS?

The Department for Education have been working with Ofsted to ensure they have input into supplementary materials and to reduce the need for Ofsted to provide their own supplementary material.

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Q. How will I know what the new EYFS means for me?

The Department for Education has worked in partnership with the sector to co-produce guidance on the EYFS which will cover what is new within the revised EYFS. There will also be a checklist highlighting the changes between the 2008 and 2012 frameworks. These will be released on the Foundation Years website as soon as they become available.

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  1. Paula Leatherland on March 30, 2012
    This new EYFS looks more digestable and easier to achieve, however I would of liked a hard copy is there any possibility of purchasing a hard copy?
    • 4Children Early Years Team on April 2, 2012
      Hi Paula, I'm afraid the Department for Education have made the decision not to make any hard copies available. It may be worth considering printing a version off for yourself, or going in with some other settings in your area to print off batch together. Apologies for not being more helpful.
    • Julia on May 7, 2012
      Hi Paula, you can order a hard copy on e- bay there are a few to choose from. (look under education) .
  2. Tree on May 31, 2012
    Hi You can order a printed copy of the new Development Matters booklet from www.early-education.org.uk £5.75 including postage.
  3. Helen Irving on August 9, 2012
    When will the support with planning be available?
    • Pam Clough on August 20, 2012
      I'm with you Helen wondering where the support for planning is/will be. More the medium term planning in my case.

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