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Delivering the EYFS

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework supports an integrated approach to early learning and care. It gives all professionals a set of common principles and commitments to deliver quality early education and childcare experiences to all

 

EYFS - Early Years Foundation Stage

                                                                                                                                   

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework supports an integrated approach to early learning and care. It gives all professionals a set of common principles and commitments to deliver quality early education and childcare experiences to all

Reference Materials:

In this section you can find useful materials//documents/toolkits/literature that will help, support and guide the implementation and devlivery of the EYFS

EYFS (Reforms 2021)

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/974907/EYFS_framework_-_March_2021.pdf

 

EYFS - resources and further support for EY Providers (2021/22)

https://help-for-early-years-providers.education.gov.uk/

Changes to the early years foundation stage (EYFS) framework - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Help for early years providers - Department for Education

Further support for implementation of the EYFS Reforms (2021/22)

DfE have recently launched a new service, packed with resources and practical support, aimed at helping childminders, nursery leaders and pre-school practitioners get ready for the changes in September

The Learn - Explore - Debate events, hosted by Foundation Years in March 2021, which focused on the revised EYFS and had sessions on reducing unnecessary workload and self-regulation in the early years. The recordings and case studies from the events can be found here

please view the video below for guidance on implementing the revised EYFS Reforms 2021

https://youtu.be/h1YrlYBzHp8?list=PLtzrKMTdN0cbTUGv6Q4dgaxVbKcH21_y6

You can also check out the DfE's online service 'Help for early years providers', which has been developed with sector experts and is packed with resources and practical support for childminders, nursery leaders and pre-school practitioners

The DfE has published two renewed documents in line with the EYFS reforms, which can be found on the Foundation Years website.

'What to expect in the EYFS: a guide for parents', produced by Sheringham Nursery School and Children's Centre, is designed to guide parents through what to expect with their child's development.

'A Celebratory Approach to Working with Children with SEND', produced by Pen Green Children's Centre, is designed to help practitioners support children who require additional help or children with SEND

• new videos have been added to the understanding the world pages
• a new SEND resource has been added to the service
• the food safety resource has been updated to include links to new choking hazard posters from the Food Standards Agency.

To access Help for Early Years Providers please follow this link:
https://help-for-early-years-providers.education.gov.uk

Learn - Explore - Debate events: November 2021 | From pregnancy to children aged 5 (foundationyears.org.uk)

 

NEW! JANUARY 2022!

The latest newspolicy and resources for early years professionals

Case studies on implementing the EYFS

The DfE has published a small suite of videos on GOV.UK, with messages from DfE, Ofsted and early adopter schools on their experiences in delivering the EYFS reforms.

Susie Owen, Director of Early Years and Childcare (DfE) and Phil Minns, Specialist Adviser, Early Years and Primary (Ofsted) provide a summary of the reforms and the new expectations for early years curriculum and assessment

New vodcast on the 'Help for Early Years Providers' online service | From pregnancy to children aged 5 (foundationyears.org.uk)

You can also find an set of slides to accompany the vodcast here

New EYFS resources - Help for Early Years Providers

 

NEW! FEBRUARY 2022!

New literacy videos on the 'Help for Early Years Providers' online service

New videos on the three literacy resources on the DfE's 'Help for Early Years Providers' online service have now been made available to view. The videos, focusing on reading comprehension, exploring words and writing, complete a suite of videos made available for all areas of learning.

The service aims to support childminders and staff in Private, Voluntary and Independent (PVI) settings to understand and implement the revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) reforms.

As a reminder, we recently published a new vodcast about the online service. In this vodcast, Gill from the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) speaks to Sarah, Director of Daycare at St Martin’s Nursery in Solihull and Octavia (NCB) speaks to Caroline, an experienced childminder, about the service and how it can help providers as they get used to the EYFS reforms.

A set of slides have also been developed to accompany the vodcast, which you can use yourself or with staff in your setting. You can watch the vodcast and download the slides here

 

Development Matters (revised 2021) - non-statutory guidance for the EYFS

Development Matters - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Development Matters (revised 2020) - non-statutory guidance for the EYFS

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/988004/Development_Matters.pdf

 

Principles into Practice

http://development-matters.org.uk/download/103/

 

Birth to Five Matters - non-statutory guidance for the EYFS

https://www.birthto5matters.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Birthto5Matters-download.pdf

For additional support materials for implementing the Birth to Five Matters see here Birth To 5 Matters – Guidance by the sector, for the sector, additonal to this you may also wish to view this video https://youtu.be/pAsKhUY6yvA with an inerview with the project lead of the Birth to Five Matters Guidance

 

Guidance Documents

In this section you will find additioanal non statutory guidance documents available to download that you can use to help you meet the requirements of the EYFS

https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2012/03/Early_Years_Outcomes.pdf

https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/What-to-Expect-When-2018.pdf

 

Oral Health as cited in the EYFS Reforms 2021

From September 2021, the EYFS 3.44 has added the requirement to promote oral health of children attending your setting. The Revised Development Matters Document 2020 also supports this statament. Please below for some useful links that may provide you with additional support to implement this requiment

Child oral health: applying All Our Health - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/601834/healthy_mouth_children_quick_guide.pdf

 

Be sugar smart

Reducing Sugar | Cutting Out Sugar | Change4Life (www.nhs.uk)

The Foundation Years 

On 16 May, Foundation Years published its latest vodcast exploring the benefits of outdoor learning in the early years. 

Gill Holden, Principal Officer of the Early Childhood Unit at the National Children's Bureau (NCB), spoke to Jo Gordon and Jacqui McDermid, Early Years Consultants, Communication and Language Development Leads at the Lambeth Early Action Partnership (LEAP) and co-founders of the Natural Thinkers programme.

They discussed how to plan your curriculum to ensure that outdoor learning is effectively included, how to support and enthuse staff and families, and much more on how outdoor learning can benefit the youngest children. To access this vodcast please see here

New for May 2022!

New guidance on the progress check at age two

The Department for Education (DfE) has published new early years foundation stage (EYFS) guidance to provide support for early years practitioners when completing the progress check at age two

This non-statutory guidance will help all early years practitioners working with children between the ages of two and three to make an accurate assessment of a child’s development and work closely with parents and other professionals to put in place appropriate support and intervention where it is needed

The guidance informs, supports and offers suggestions that can help practitioners review children’s development across the three prime areas of learning. It does not replace the professional judgement of practitioners but aims to support it. The guidance is clear that you do not need to spend a long time away from the children to complete the progress check or carry out excessive tracking or evidence collection

The DfE has also published a vodcast to explain the new guidance to early years practitioners and a blog that highlights why the progress check is important now, more than ever as we support children to bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic

New for July 2022

Sensory Food Education

Sensory food education is a fantastic way of helping children build a positive relationship with food and eating

One of the three prime areas of learning and development in the EYFS is Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED).  A key part of this for children in your care is learning how to look after their bodies including through healthy eating

This brilliant article from TastEd shows how you can easily incorporate sensory food education into your early years setting