With the reformed EYFS 2012 now being implemented in settings we have provided answer to some of our most frequently asked questions with advice from the Department for Education.
When will the EYFS Profile guidance be available?
The Standards and Testing Agency (STA), an executive agency of the Department for Education, will be publishing the guidance for the new EYFS Profile this autumn. This will include new Profile Handbook, exemplification materials and guidance on moderation. The full suite of guidance was trialled over the summer with 19 local authorities and the Department is currently refining it in the light of feedback received. The guidance will be available from the Department’s website and also accessible via the Foundation Years website. The Department will communicate widely to stakeholders when the guidance is available. There will also be an email sent out to everyone who receives the foundation years newsletter alerting them to the publications.
How should we assess children in the meantime?
The EYFS Profile is the summative assessment which practitioners should complete during the summer term in which a child turns 5. It is not intended to be used for ongoing assessment, or, for example, for entry level assessment to early years setting or reception classes. The Government does not prescribe how ongoing assessment should be undertaken. An updated version of Development matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage was published alongside the EYFS in March 2012, which early years providers we hope will find useful in helping them to make judgements about ongoing monitoring and assessment of children, prior to undertaking the EYFS Profile.
What evidence will Ofsted be looking for?
Ofsted has published guidance on its website that you may find helpful. The Evaluation schedule for inspections of registered early years provision provides outline guidance and grade descriptors for the judgements that inspectors will report on when inspecting registered early years providers who deliver the EYFS. Conducting early years inspections is a guide for inspectors in how to conduct early years assessments.
How can I sign up to receive the Foundation Years Newsletter?
You can sign up to the foundation years newsletter by completing the form here.
Where can I get blank copies of the progress checks in the ‘Know How Guide’?
Tthe examples in A Know How Guide: The EYFS progress check at two are examples of different approaches already taken by practitioners when providing information to parents. The intention is that they will be adapted to suit the needs of each setting and its families, therefore blank copies have not been made available.
Is there a standard template to use for the progress check at two?
No. The EYFS Framework does not require the progress check to be completed in a prescribed or standard format. It only specifies that information about a child’s development should be provided to parents in the prime areas of learning and development of the EYFS: personal, social and emotional development; physical development; and communication and language. The format of the written summary of the progress check should be decided by an setting taking into consideration there local practices. The examples in A Know How Guide: The EYFS progress check at two are intended to stimulate ideas for how practitioners might approach the progress check.
Do I have to pay for any Foundation years resource accessed through the website?
No. All resources, including access to the foundation years forum are free to access, use and download.
I can’ not log into the foundation years forum. Can you email my password to me?
We cannot send out passwords to registered users. If you have forgotten your password you can reset is here.
Will there be any future resources produced for the Early Years Foundation Stage, such as wall posters?
No. There will be no new resources produced by the Department for Education for the reformed EYFS. However, many previous resources are still relevant and can be used by practitioners to support the reformed Early Years Foundation Stage. Many of these resources can be found on the Foundation Years website.