Early Years Foundation Stage Framework

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The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework supports an integrated approach to early learning and care.


The EYFS framework gives all professionals a set of common principles and commitments to deliver quality early education and childcare experiences to all children.


As well as being the core document for all professionals working in the foundation years, the EYFS Framework gives dads and mums confidence that regardless of where they choose for their child’s early education, they can be assured that the same statutory commitments and principles will underpin their child’s learning and development experience.



Revised EYFS Framework

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In April 2012 a revised EYFS Framework was issued by government based on the recommendations of Dame Claire Tickell’s review, The Early Years: Foundations for Life, Health and Learning. The framework is supported by guidance developed with and by the early years sector, and is accessible through this website.


The revised EYFS emphasises the need for professionals:

  • To spend more time interacting with children to promote creative and critical thinking skills and early language and communication
  • To encourage dads and mums to become more involved in their child’s development and to give ideas as to how they can support this development at home
  • To identify as early as possible any additional needs a child may have and strengthen links with colleagues, such as health visitors, who can support these needs
  • To share with parents a summary of their child’s progress between 2 and 3 years of age
  • To refocus the learning and development of the youngest children in the foundation years

- through the three prime areas of learning: personal, social and emotional development; communication and language; and physical development

- and along with four specific areas of learning:  literacy; mathematics; expressive arts and design; and understanding the world.

  • To assess at the end of the reception year using the new Early Years Foundation Stage Profile against significantly fewer early learning goals – a reduction from 69 to 17
  • To make a judgement at the end of the reception year on how children learn, informed by the characteristics of learning:
    • Active learning
    • Creating and thinking critically
    • Playing and exploring
  • To adhere to a clearer set of requirements to keep children safe

Reflective question:


How will you incorporate observing and assessing for the characteristics of effective learning?

Find out more… (click to open)

  1. Tickell Review – The Early Years: Foundations for Life, Health and Learning
  2. EYFS Framework 2008 - download the full pack: Statutory Framework, Practice Guidance, EYFS wall posters, Principles into Practice cards
  3. Early Years Learning and Development – Literature Review
  4. EYFS Forum – The Foundation Stage Forum was set up in 2003, to provide support for practitioners and other professionals involved in the Foundation Stage of education.
  5. National Strategies resources
  6. Montessori Guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage in Montessori Settings
  7. Pre-school Learning Alliance (PSLA) - The Pre-school Learning Alliance is a leading early years membership organisation and one of the largest providers of quality childcare in England.
  8. National Childminding association (NCMA) – The NCMA is a professional membership organisation which aims to ensure families in every community in England and Wales have access to high quality home-based childcare, play, learning and family support.
  9. National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) – NDNA is the national charity and membership association specifically for nurseries, providing nursery support, information and advice, childcare training and a quality improvement scheme, e-Quality Counts.
  10. Daycare Trust - A national childcare charity, campaigning for quality, accessible, affordable childcare for all and raising the voices of children, parents and carers. 
  11. National Education Trust - an independent charitable foundation dedicated to the promotion and sharing of excellent practice and innovation in education.
  12. Early Education – Early Education promotes the right of all children to education of the highest quality; providing support, advice and information on best practice for everyone concerned with the education and care of young children from birth to 8.



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