Development ​Matters

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Early Education launches Development Matters to support the implementation of the EYFS statutory framework 2012


Tuesday 27 March 2012

Early Education is pleased today to launch Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage, new non-statutory guidance produced by Early Education with support from the Department for Education that supports all those working in early childhood education settings to implement the statutory requirements of the EYFS Framework 2012.  

Development Matters is available for free download from the Early Education website (to download it, click here) or alongside other guidance at the Foundation Years website 
Megan Pacey, Chief Executive of Early Education said:
“Development Matters demonstrates how the four themes of the EYFS Framework and the principles that inform them work together to support the development of babies, toddlers and young children within the context of the EYFS framework.  The document also illustrates how the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ may be supported and extended by adults as well as how they underpin the ‘Prime’ and ‘Specific’ areas of learning and development. 
“All those working to support the early learning of young children can use Development Matters as part of 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, in relation to 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 in previous EYFS Practice Guidance. They overlap because these are not fixed age boundaries but suggest a typical range of development. When using Development Matters it is however important to remember that babies, toddlers 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.” 


Notes to editors:  
1. The EYFS Framework 2012 is available from the Department for Education website and the Foundation Years website 
2. Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage replaces Appendix 2 of the 2008 EYFS Practice Guidance.
3. ‘How children learn: the characteristics of effective early learning’ by Nancy Stewart and published by Early Education can be purchased at the cost of £17.50 (including p&p) from
4. ‘Understanding the revised Early Years Foundation Stage’, the new resource publication from Early Education to support all those working in early childhood education and care to implement the EYFS Framework 2012, that will be published at the beginning of May 2012 following publication of the statutory framework, cost £15.00.  Visit     
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