Early Years

EYFS Profile and Moderation

EYFS profile and moderation

The EYFS Profile is the statutory assessment that takes place at the end of the EYFS, during the summer term of the year in which the child reaches five, usually in the reception class. The EYFS profile summarises and describes children’s attainment at the end of the EYFS. It gives:

  • the child’s attainment in relation to the 17 early learning goals (ELG) descriptors
  • a short narrative describing the child’s 3 characteristics of effective learning.

Ministers have decided it will not be mandatory to complete the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile assessment in 2021 but instead we will be asking schools to make ‘best endeavours’ to undertake it.

This is in recognition of the additional pressures and uncertainties that teachers are facing during this challenging time. This also aligns with the approach on KS1 and KS2 assessments this year. However, we recognise that the EYFSP is a valued assessment by teachers and early years professionals and is a crucial tool in supporting children’s development and the transition from reception to year 1. It is for that reason we will be asking teachers and early years practitioners to use their best endeavours to still complete the EYFSP for children in the summer term if at all possible and to provide this important information to parents and to year 1 teachers, should the situation at the time allow. This will be a judgement for schools and teachers depending on their individual circumstances and will in many cases depend on the coming weeks and months. We know many schools found they could complete the EYFSP in 2020, particularly due to its nature as a teacher-led assessment. Schools who decide they are able to complete the EYFSP this year and provide this information to parents and year 1 teachers will not be subject to statutory external moderation. There will be no requirement to submit data to the local authority or to confirm whether they have completed the EYFSP to the Department for Education.

This change applies to schools who are early adopters of the Early Years Foundation Stage reforms, as well as schools who are following the current statutory framework.

Early years foundation stage (EYFS) statutory framework

Page summary:

The standards that school and childcare providers must meet for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5.


Key Documents

National EYFS Profile Results for 2018/19

Department for Education Early Years Outcomes dashboard

EYFS Profile Handbook 2020 is developed to help teachers make accurate judgements about each child’s attainment and to enable effective moderation of judgements.

EYFS Assessment and Reporting Arrangements 2019 includes the statutory responsibilities for head teachers and local authorities in moderating and reporting on the EYFS Profile data.

EYFS Profile exemplification materials are a selection of example evidence of children’s attainment, categorised into the 17 Early Learning Goals (ELGs) which are part of the EYFS Profile. The materials establish the national standard for the level of learning and development expected at the end of EYFS for each ELG.

EYFS Profile comparison of expected and exceeding descriptors has been produced to support teacher judgements. This document can be used to inform the professional dialogue between Reception and Year 1 teachers to support accurate judgements and effective transitions for children working beyond the expected level at the end of the EYFS. It should be used alongside the EYFS Profile Handbook and the exemplification materials.


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