What Is the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework?
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework is a government document that all schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers in England must follow. It sets standards for the learning, development and care of your child from birth to 5 years old. The standards ensure your child will learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.
What Will My Child Be Learning?
Personal, social and emotional development
Communication and Language
The EYFS framework outlines seven areas of learning and development and educational programmes. There are three prime areas of learning, which are particularly important for your child’s development and future learning:
Expressive arts and design
Understanding the World
There are four specific areas of learning, through which the prime areas are strengthened and applied:
How Will My Child Be Learning?
The EYFS framework identifies the essential role of play in your child’s development. It is through both child-led play and play guided by an adult that your child will develop confidence and relationships with others. Through play, our Early Years’ Team will help your child to extend their vocabulary and develop their communication skills. The EYFS framework identifies three characteristics of effective teaching and learning:
Creating and thinking critically
Playing and exploring
A greater focus on teaching specific skills will occur as your child progresses through their Reception year, which will help them to prepare for Year One.
How Will I Know How My Child Is Doing?
Our Early Years’ Team will use their professional knowledge to understand your child’s level of development. If we have any concerns about your child's progress, we will discuss these with you.
Two formal assessments take place during Reception:
Reception Baseline Assessment (at the start of the Reception year)
Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (at the end of the EYFS)
Discussions at Parents’ meetings will inform you on how your child is progressing. At the end of the academic year, a report will be given to you to inform you of your child’s progress and whether they have met or are continuing to work towards their early learning goals (ELGs). There are 17 ELGs your child is expected to achieve by the end of the EYFS.
The changes to the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) has been reformed and there is a new EYFS framework that all schools and settings are required to follow from September 2021. These national changes have been made to better support all pupils’ learning and development. It is also the aim that the new framework will better prepare pupils for the transition into Key Stage 1.
There are some elements of the EYFS that have not significantly changed and some that have.
Below are some of the key points from the new EYFS reforms that include relevant changes: