Early Years

Revised EYFS 2021

Revised EYFS 2021

From September 2021, all early years providers must follow the new early years foundation stage (EYFS) frameworkThe 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.
To support the implementation of the revised EYFS, the Department for Education has developed a new online service for private, voluntary and independent early years settings and childminders. This service provides resources, advice and support to help practitioners to understand the requirements for each area of learning and development and what these requirements mean in practice. The new service is now live on gov.uk and can be accessed here – Prepare for changes to the early years foundation stage framework - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)We encourage you to use this online service to support your planning and implementation of the EYFS reforms from September 2021.


Assessment and the EYFS Reforms

Many SENCOs might find it challenging within the new framework to pinpoint where children with SEND are and to track their progress. We encourage all settings to use a range of resources to help them to accurately identify where a child is in their development. While not a statutory requirement, SENCO’s may feel that for children with SEND, the bands remain a helpful measure of progress and while not required for all children, you might want to continue to use a range of resources which reference age bands, to support you in your role. If settings feel that using a band system is beneficial, they are welcome to continue to use it. If they feel an alternative method of recording progress is better for their setting, the new framework allows flexibility.

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