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Statutory Framework for the EYFS

The Department for Education have reviewed and updated the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. The changes will come into effect from September 2021.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework is a set of standards which all early years providers must meet to make sure children are given the optimum opportunity to progress and develop, in a safe and healthy environment.

It is used to provide the foundation for effective future education, through teaching and learning, and to help ease the transition between early years and school.

Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework (2021)
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The EYFS Statutory Framework aims to improve early years professionals' ability to promote child learning and development without unnecessary regulation and administration. The framework is the core document for all professionals working in the foundation stage, the EYFS framework gives parents the confidence that regardless of where they choose for their child's early education, they can be assured that the same statutory commitments and principles will underpin their child's learning and development experience.

The aims of the framework are to:

  • reduce paperwork and bureaucracy
  • strengthen the partnership between early years professionals and parents
  • focus on the three prime areas of learning (personal, social and emotional development, communication and language, and physical development) and detail the four specific areas which support the prime areas
  • introduce a simplified assessment at age 5.

Please follow this link to the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage

The Strategic Improvement Visit can be tailored to offer a range of strategies to support your continuous improvement and is suitable for both early years and out of school providers. A range of options are available that include, but are not limited to:

  • action planning
  • monitoring systems
  • policies and procedures
  • safeguarding and welfare requirements
  • Ofsted grade descriptors
  • workforce development
  • a range of audits.

Included in the range of audits we offer is the Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Wellbeing (SSTEW) scale, this tool considers the practice that supports children between 2 and 5 years of age in developing skills in sustained shared thinking and emotional wellbeing as well as developing strong relationships, effective communication and aspects of self-regulation.

For further information and to see the full range of the support and training we can offer please visit The Education People website