The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a mandatory framework for all early years providers.

The latest framework was published on 3 March 2017 with effect from 3 April 2017

The revised framework includes the following.

  • An update on safeguarding with the addition of the documents Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 and the Prevent Duty Guidance 2015.

  • Information on the workforce literacy and numeracy qualification requirements with regards to Level 3’s early years educator (EYE) staff. In order to count to the ratios at level 3, staff holding an EYE qualification must also have achieved a suitable level 2 qualification in English and maths.

  • The new Paediatric First Aid (PFA) requirement. All newly qualified workforce with full and relevant level 2 and/or level 3 qualifications must also have a PFA certificate before they can be included in the statutory staff:child ratios in early years settings. The full PFA and emergency PFA course content is in the appendix of the framework.

  • Greater clarification on the administering of prescription medicines; these must not be administered unless they have been prescribed for a child by a doctor, dentist, nurse or pharmacist.

It sets out the Safeguarding and Welfare standards for all provisions to work to as well as a set of seven learning and development areas with assessment criteria.

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