The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory frameworks set standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, pre-schools, nurseries and school reception classes.

This page includes further resources to support the delivery of the framework. You may also find the below pages useful:

Statutory framework for group and school-based providers

Statutory framework for childminders



Working with parents

EYFS for parents

What to expect, when?

What to expect, when? is a simple guide which takes parents through the expectations of each age band in the EYFS and how they can support their children’s learning and development.

Parents’ Guide to the EYFS Framework

Children published a non-statutory document, developed with parents for parents providing an overview of the EYFS Framework 2021.

It illustrates how parents can support their child during their foundation years. Settings can add further information in the blank boxes provided to give parents more detail about the implementation of the EYFS in their setting. It is the intention that all settings should share this guidance with parents. You can access, tailor and share the document with parents electronically but also as a downloadable printed copy. There is an accompanying user guide taking you through the process of editing the Parents’ Guide.

Early childhood education for sustainability

Welcome to Early Childhood Education for Sustainability Resources. We are excited to announce that a new and innovative resource, developed by Diane Boyd at Liverpool John Moores University, is coming soon. This will enable practitioners, students and teachers to deliver Education for Sustainability in their setting . This project was supported by Cache, has been externally reviewed and has levels 2-7 qualifications and assessments embedded into it.

In preparation for this launch, do remind yourself of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). You can also find more information on the 17 internationally recognised SDGs, as well as resources for educators, here.

Watch out for more information about the resource over the next few weeks and get ready to support the important work in saving our planet.

If you have any questions, please contact Diane Boyd.

[email protected]

Useful links

Further resources that will aid your understanding of sustainability:

  • Legacy Cafes in Liverpool. The three pillars are all represented in this project and it is still going strong across the city of Liverpool.
  • Embedding sustainability in the early years. This blog looks at the importance of helping children understand sustainability and ways you can make sustainable practices stick.
  • BBC News: Our Planet Now. A series of BBC news articles about the environment, climate change and sustainability.
  • British Council: The Climate Connection. The Climate Connection brings people around the world together to meet the challenges of climate change, through arts, culture and education.
  • UNESCO: Learn for our planet. UNESCO’s campaign calling on the world to invest in education for sustainable development and ensure it’s embedded in learning systems globally.
  • TedEd: Earth School. Supported by UN Environment, Earth School is your one-stop-shop for celebrating our planet, and understanding what we need to do to save it. Dive into videos, quizzes, and activities that will help students celebrate, connect with and understand how to save our Earth.
  • Lego: Building Instructions for a Better World workshop. A selection of materials materials to help you run your own “Building Instructions for a Better World” workshop with young learners.
  • Water Footprint. Calculate how much water is used to produce food and products, or find out how your country’s water footprint compares to others.