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Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) - Download


New non-statutory guidance for the revised EYFS, also entitled Development Matters, has been published by the Department for Education.  It is intended for use with the Statutory Framework which comes into effect in September 2021, or by early adopters in 2020.  Read our information about the changes to the EYFS

The version of Development Matters produced by Early Education in 2012 and downloadable on this page will continue to be available until at least September 2021 for those who wish to continue using it with the current statutory framework.

Development Matters 2012 is non-statutory guidance to support practitioners in implementing the Early Years Foundation Stage.

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.

To download your copy

Development Matters is available as a free download: Development Matters (PDF)

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