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Birth to 5 Matters: non-statutory guidance for the EYFS


Birth to 5 Matters is guidance produced by the sector, for the sector, to support the introduction of the revised Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage in England in 2021. 

It is non-statutory guidance which practitioners may use to support their implementation of the Early Years Foundation Stage which sets out the legal requirements for delivering education for children from birth to 5 in England.

Building on previous non-statutory guidance for the EYFS, it has been updated to reflect the research evidence and meet the needs of practitioners today.  It outlines the foundations of good practice and offers information and guidance for practitioners to consider how the Principles of the EYFS can be brought to life in their setting. New sections on play, characteristics of effective learning, and self-regulation are designed to help practitioners to reflect on and develop their own pedagogy.

The Birth to 5 Matters website includes a free downloadable version of the guidance and additional resources.

Printed copies can be ordered below. Due to the exceptionally high volume of orders for Birth to 5 Matters, we are arranging for these to be dispatched by a mailing house.  They will be sent out in batches, with upcoming dispatch dates as indicated below.  Expected delivery dates are dependent on postal services and are not guaranteed:

Orders received before: Expected delivery date to customers:
9am on 27 September 5 October 
9am on 11 October 19 October
4pm on 27 October 5 November
9am on 10 November 18 November
9am on 24 November 2 December 
9am on 8 December (final date for orders before Christmas) 16 December

Future batches tbc

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