Early Years Foundation Stage Framework

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EYFS Framework: key links

  • The EYFS Statutory Framework applies to early years provision in England. 
  • The EYFS Profile handbook provides guidance on the statutory assessment at the end of the Reception year.
  • Revised non-statutory guidance entitled Development Matters supports the framework (note this is substantially changed from the 2012 publication of the same name)
  • The Early Years Coalition (16 sector organisations, including Early Education) has published Birth to 5 Matters: non-statutory guidance by the sector, for the sector, which provides additional support for implementing the EYFS framework.
  • Find additional information through the government’s Foundation Years website 

Help and support with implementing the EYFS framework

Buy or download Birth to 5 Matters

Non-statutory guidance to support implementation of the revised EYFS.

Professional development

Browse our current course programme for support on early years pedagogy and the EYFS

Bespoke training and support

Our Associates can provide bespoke training, consultancy and support to you and your staff team in delivering high quality EYFS provision

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Background to the 2021 reforms

We provided feedback on the planned EYFS reforms as an organisation and through the Early Years Coalition of sector organisations including:

You can also read the Education Endowment Foundation’s findings from the evaluation of the pilot of the draft revised ELGs, which ran in 23 schools in 2018-19.