Finalised EYFS framework published

8 April 2021

The Department for Education (DfE) has published the final version of the revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework and confirmed that it will be rolled out nationally from 1 September.

The DfE also confirmed that the Reception Baseline Assessment will be statutory for schools from the same date.

The changes have been introduced to support the Government’s plans to raise standards in early education in order to improve outcomes for all children, and close the gap for disadvantaged children.

All early years settings (other than registered EYFS reforms early adopters), must continue to follow the current EYFS framework until 1 September 2021, but the revised framework is being made available now to help settings prepare for the changes.

The DfE states that the new framework focuses on:

  • a strong and holistic curriculum that puts early language development at the heart

  • a streamlined and effective assessment process through a revised EYFS profile and removing statutory local authority moderation, which will reduce unnecessary workload and cement the EYFS profile as a tool that is designed to support children’s transition to year 1

  • a new requirement to promote good oral health.

There are also a number of small amendments to section 3 safety and welfare to make existing requirements clearer and to provide updates. A summary of these amendments and why they have been made can be found here.

Schools Minister Nick Gibb said:

“It is vital that children do not miss out on building important vocabulary and reading skills in their early education, despite the challenges the pandemic has presented.”

“Our early years reforms have already shown great results in pilots, and schools across the country are now set to benefit from strengthened teaching practice and improved standards of early education.”

More information on Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).