Early Years

Non-Statutory Guidance Documents

Non-Statutory Guidance Documents

There’s a variety of non-statutory guidance documents available to all practitioners to help them implement the EYFS.

Development Matters has been updated and is recommended by the Department for Education.

The Birth to 5 Matters website launched in March 2021 and is described as guidance by the sector, for the sector. Birth to 5 Matters has been developed by the Early Years Coalition, composed of 16 early years sector organisations.

Development Matters (2012) and Early Years Outcomes (2013) are available for practitioners who wish to use them.

The EYFS (2021) states that “Development Matters, non-statutory curriculum guidance for the EYFS, is available to support providers in their delivery of the EYFS learning and development requirements. As this document is non-statutory, Ofsted and inspectorates of independent schools will not have regard to it in carrying out inspections and it is up to providers to decide how they approach the curriculum.” page 7.

Working with the revised Early Years Foundation Stage: Principles into Practice

Julian Grenier led on the revision of Development Matters for the Department for Education. He has independently written guidance to support practitioners, teachers and settings in understanding and implementing the updated Development Matters.

His new publication is available to download free as a PDF from www.development-matters.org

The EYFS Network Group in May 2021 focussed on the new Development Matters. The information from this session may be useful in understanding this non-statutory guidance document.

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