The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 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’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life (Statutory Framework pg 5).
The four guiding principles in early years are:
every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured
children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers
children develop and learn in different ways (see “the characteristics of effective teaching and learning” at paragraph 1.9 in the Statutory Framework) and at different rates.
The Statutory Framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities. Click on the link below:
GOV.UK - Statutory framework (external website)
The four Principles into Practice themes express important principles underpinning effective practice in the care, development, and learning of young children. Click on the link below:
The Four Principles poster (pdf 831kb)
Click on the link below for statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment.
Keeping children safe in education (pdf 1mb)
The percentage of children reaching a Good Level of Development (GLD) continues to increase nationally. Find the current Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP) data here:
GOV.UK - EYFS profile results data 2017-18 (external website)
Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages. They report directly to Parliament and are independent and impartial.
Visit the Ofsted website here:
GOV.UK - Ofsted (external website)
You can search for inspection reports on the Ofsted website here:
GOV.UK - Ofsted reports (external website)
The East Riding Improvement and Learning Service team offer school support, training, updates and moderation sessions. Visit the EYFS CPD page for more information about courses or to contact us.