Last reviewed 25 February 2021

The Department for Education (DfE) has published a new draft Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework and is asking for comments on minor changes relating to the welfare and safeguarding section.

As part of the legislative process needed to enact the reforms to the EYFS, the DfE recently sought views from local authority representatives, sector bodies and a number of early years providers on proposed minor changes to the safeguarding and welfare section of the revised EYFS statutory framework. These changes are intended to ensure the EYFS requirements are clear and to help keep children safe.

Changes to the current EYFS statutory framework are in red to highlight where the DfE are seeking views. The new educational programmes and early learning goals (ELGs) are not in red as these are final government policy as confirmed following the full 12 week public consultation conducted in 2019.

The DfE are not seeking further views on the changes to the EYFS framework that were confirmed in the Government’s official response to the 2019 EYFS reforms consultation. The response confirmed:

  • final educational programmes

  • final early learning goals (ELGs)

  • removal of the statutory duty for local authorities to externally moderate EYFS profile judgements

  • removal of the “exceeding” judgement criteria from the EYFS profile

  • a change to the safeguarding and welfare requirements to promote good oral health.

The new draft framework is available here. The deadline for responses is 18 March and all comments should be sent to EYFSP.REFORMS@education.gov.uk.