Early Years Foundation Stage Framework

What you need to know about the EYFS Framework

  • revised EYFS Framework became statutory on 1 September 2021
  • 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. 

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.


Browse our current course programme for support on all aspects of the revised EYFS

Bespoke training and support

Our Associates can provide bespoke training, consultancy and support to you and your staff team in understanding the reforms and implementing them in your school or setting.

Access our video briefings

Become a member to access our video briefings on the EYFS reforms - and all the other benefits of membership

Background to the 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.