Early Years

Support for all Early Years Settings

Support for all Early Years Settings

Changes to the Early Years Foundation Stage from September 2021

To support you in implementing the statutory framework for the EYFS 2021, we have compiled some of the resources and materials that are available to all practitioners from childminders to private, voluntary and independent settings to school settings. All the resources documented below are free to use.

In the 2019-20 academic year, the Department for Education consulted on proposed changes to the statutory framework for the early years foundation stage. The consultation response was published in July 2021 ahead of the early adopter year in 2020/21. The changes to the early years foundation stage (EYFS) framework have been documented in one guidance document.

The key aims of the reforms are to:

  • improve child outcomes at age 5, particularly in early language and literacy, especially for disadvantaged children; and
  • reduce workload, such as unnecessary paperwork, so that practitioners can spend more time interacting with the children in their care.

The Department for Education have produced guidance to help practitioners prepare for changes to the early years foundation stage framework. The information about changes to the EYFS framework are for childminders, nursery leaders, nursery and pre-school practitioners.

The resources supplied alongside this information will help you to understand the requirements for each area of learning and development, get ideas for activities you can do with children, find advice and support. Reception teachers may also find some of the information useful.

Ofsted have published some myth busters to support all settings implementing the revised EYFS.

FAQs from the session are available.

FAQs from the session Julian Grenier presented in June 2021 are available.

What to expect in the Early Years Foundation Stage - A guide for parents

Information about non-statutory guidance can be found on our website.

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