Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 2017

​"Education is the most powerful weapon which   you can use to change the world". Nelson Mandela
What is the EYFS?

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the statutory framework that sets the standards that all Early Years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children are ready for school and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life. 


The revised, simpler framework for the EYFS was published on 27 March 2017, for implementation from 1 September 2017.

​Why do I need to know about the EYFS?

The EYFS will be the stage your child is in when they attend a setting or a childminder’s home between birth and the age of five. It is also the stage that they are in until the end of the Reception year at school. Children do best when parents and professionals work together. It is important to remember that you know more about your own child than anyone else. Practitioners should be asking you about your child and sharing information with you about his/ her progress. Understanding what your child is doing when they are with others will help you to notice how well they are developing and learning. The part you play as parentss or carers in their learning and the choices you make will make a difference to their future.

EYFS Framework

The new EYFS framework makes a number of improvements:

  • Reducing bureaucracy for professionals, simplifying the statutory assessment of children’s development at age five.

  • Simplifying the learning and development requirements by reducing the number of early learning goals from 69 to 17.

  • Stronger emphasis on the three prime areas which are most essential for children’s healthy development. These three areas are: communication and language; physical; and personal, social and emotional development.

  • For parents, a new progress check at age two on their child’s development. This links with the Healthy Child review carried out by health visitors, so that children get any additional support they need before they start school.

  • Strengthening partnerships between professionals and parents, ensuring that the new framework uses clear language.

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