Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

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EYFS Framework 2014

The Government’s response to the consultation on ‘The Regulation of Childcare’ which was published on 13 February 2014. The revised 2014 version of the EYFS reflects those changes which apply to some of the areas within Section 3 on Safeguarding and Welfare.  There have been no changes to the areas of learning and development, including the early learning goals.

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Quick reference guide to the changes in the 2014 framework

This document contains all the changes from the 2012 framework

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EYFS Framework 2012

The 2012 revised framework takes forward the Government’s reforms to the 2008 framework as recommended in the 2011 Tickell Review.  The reforms aim to:
  • reduce paperwork and bureaucracy;
  • strengthen partnerships between parents and professionals;
  • focus on the three prime areas of learning most essential for children’s readiness for future learning and healthy development;
  • detail the four specific areas of learning which build on the prime areas;
  • introduce a progress check at aged two to provide for early intervention as necessary; and
  • simplify assessment at age five – usually at the end of the reception year;
Existing and evolving resources to implement the framework can be found in our library. The EYFS forum gives you an opportunity to express views, pose and answer questions as well as sharing what works well and best practice.

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Quick reference guide to the changes to the 2008 framework

This document contains all the changes from the 2008 framework

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Early Years Outcomes

This document is a non-statutory guide to support practitioners and inspectors to help understanding of child development through the early years.  It can be used by childminders, nurseries and others, such as Ofsted, throughout the early years as a guide to making best-fit judgements about whether a child is showing typical development for their age, may be at risk of delay or is ahead for their age. It is a guide to typical development while recognising that children develop at their own rates and in their own ways.

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The EYFS Progress Check at age two

This new non-statutory guidance has been produced by National Children’s Bureau  and you in implementing the statutory progress check at age two as require in the EYFS Framework 2012.   This “Know How Guide” is intended to support you in implementing the EYFS progress check at age two. The progress check has been introduced to enable earlier identification of development needs so that any additional support can be put into place as early as possible.   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 “Know How Guide” provides you with information to support you in carrying out the progress check and gives examples of how practitioners currently provide information to parents. Its aim is to stimulate ideas for how practitioners might approach the progress check.  

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EYFS for Parents

4Children has published a non-statutory document with the aim of giving parents an overview of the EYFS Framework 2012. It will illustrate how parents can support their child during the foundation years.   Settings will be able to add further information in free text boxes to give parents more details about the implementation of the EYFS in their setting.   It is the intention that all settings should share this guidance with parents.   This guide has been developed with parents. An overwhelming want from parents was that this guide would be available electronically. Therefore it has been designed to be accessed electronically but also as a downloadable printed copy. Included in the guide are free text boxes where settings can insert their own logos, aims and messages to parents.   There is an accompanying user guide for that takes you through the process of editing the Parents' Guide.

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Download Parents' Guide One Side Summary

 

The EYFS Profile Handbook 2012

  The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Handbook contains important information for local authorities, headteachers and all Early Years professionals about assessing children's attainment. It includes information about how and why EYFS assessments should be carried out and guidance on how to complete an EYFS Profile; recording children's attainment; and making accurate and reliable judgements about EYFS attainment. The Handbook should be used alongside the EYFS Assessment and reporting arrangements and exemplification materials.   The EYFS Profile Handbook has been developed to help practitioners make accurate judgements about each child’s attainment, and to enable effective moderation of judgements. It replaces the previous 2008 EYFS Profile Handbook. The EYFS Profile LA moderation requirements booklet has been incorporated into section 6 of the 2013 Handbook. It will only be available to download electronically: hard copies will not be available.  

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  These materials are a selection of example evidence of children’s attainment, categorised into the 17 early learning goals (ELGs) which are part of the new Profile. The materials establish the national standard for the level of learning and development expected at the end of EYFS for each ELG. It will only be available to download electronically: hard copies will not be available.   The exemplification materials will help:
  • practitioners to make accurate judgements for each child’s attainment;
  • moderators to assess the accuracy of practitioner judgements;
  • Year 1 teachers to use EYFS Profile outcomes to plan effective provision; and
  • other stakeholders who wish to evaluate children’s learning and development.
   

Download exemplification material (part 1 of 4)

Exemplification materials covering ELGs 1-5 in a zip file. This is the first of four zip files containing all exemplification materials and learning journeys.

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Exemplification materials covering ELGs 6-10 in a zip file. This is the second of four zip files containing all exemplification materials and learning journeys.

Download exemplification materials (part 3 of 4)

Exemplification materials covering ELGs 11-14 in a zip file. This is the third of four zip files containing all exemplification materials and learning journeys

Download exemplification materials (part 4 of 4)

Exemplification materials covering ELGs 15-17 and learning journeys in a zip file. This is the fourth of four zip files containing all exemplification materials and learning journeys.  
 

Development Matters 2012

This new non-statutory guidance has been produced by Early Education supports you  in implementing the statutory requirements of the EYFS Framework 2012. It replaces Appendix 2 of the 2008 EYFS Practice Guidance.   This guidance shows how the four themes of the EYFS Framework and the principles that inform them work together to support babies and children. The Unique Child develops and learns through interaction in Positive Relationships and Enabling Environments.  It illustrates how the Characteristics of Effective Early Learning may be supported and extended by adults as well as how they underpin the Prime and Specific Areas of Learning and Development.   You can use Development Matters as part of your daily observation, assessment and planning. It can also be used at points during the EYFS as a guide to making best-fit summative judgements, with parents and colleagues across agencies, about whether a child is showing typical development, may be at risk of delay or is ahead for their age.   The age/stage bands are the same as they were previously. They overlap because these are not fixed age boundaries but suggest a typical range of development. When you use Development Matters it is however important to remember that babies and young children develop at their own rates and in their own ways. The development statements and their order are not necessary steps for every child and should not be used as checklists.     Download
 

Birth to Three Matters

The Foundation Years team has converted the booklet, poster and the cards from the Birth to Three Matters packs into PDFs for practitioners to download. The packs which contain useful information relevant to the reformed EYFS have only been available in either hard copy or as multiple downloads from the Department for Education until now. We have converted both the cards and the booklet from the packs into two simple downloads.  

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Download Birth to Three Matters Poster

 

Download Birth to Three Matters Booklet

 

Revised EYFS Framework: Frequently Asked Questions

 

We have collected all the questions that come into the Foundation’s inbox since the publication of the reformed EYFS and provided answers.  

Preparing for the Revised Early Years Foundation Stage

In preparation for the publication of the revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) the Foundation Years team having been producing weekly updates helping settings get ready. With implementation from September the top tips will support settings as they introduce changes. You can find all our updates in the EYFS News section.
 

Do you need a printed copy of the EYFS Statutory Framework?

For printed copies of the Statutory Framework and supporting materials please visit the 4Children website.
 
If you have any queries about the revised EYFS please contact the foundation years team at foundations@4Children.org.uk or enter into our online forum debates here.   And to receive the Foundation Years monthly e-newsletter plus website updates straight to your inbox, sign up here.