Early Years Foundation Stage

In September 2021 the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum was reformed by the Government.  The reforms will enable settings to improve the outcomes for all children, especially disadvantaged children and it puts early language at the heart of the broad curriculum.  It has also been implemented to help reduce the time spent on unnecessary assessment paperwork to allow staff to spend more time with the children.

 

Many of the elements of the previous Early Years Foundation Stage Framework remain the same.  However below are some of the relevant changes which have been introduced.

 

  • Staff will be spending less time on large amounts of written observations and assessments for evidence collection. This means they can spend more time supporting and engaging with the children and their learning and development needs.

 

  • Children will no longer be assessed against statements from an age band category. Instead, staff will use their experience and knowledge to monitor if a child’s learning and development is on track for their age.

 

  • The early learning goals at the end of reception have been changed to become more clear and easier to understand. Staff will use their judgements to assess if the children have met these goals at the end of the EYFS and inform parents and carers.

 

  • There is an emphasis on improving children’s language and vocabulary through increasing opportunities for conversations, reading of a wide range of books and holding discussions around activities in other areas of learning.

 

  • Literacy and numeracy skills focused on in the EYFS have been adapted to better match up with the national curriculum that starts in year 1.

 

  •  There is no longer an exceeding judgement at the end of reception. Children will instead be challenged to have a greater depth and understanding of ideas.

 

  • Safeguarding and welfare of children is still a priority, with the added mention of teaching children about the importance of good oral health and how to keep teeth clean and healthy.

The prime areas of the curriculum remain the same:

 

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language

 

As does the specific areas designed to broaden children's knowledge and skills:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

 

We will continue to make weekly observations of the activities your child has been enjoying and will share these with you via EY Log Platform.

 

 

New Development Matters September 2021
Development Matters Sept 21.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [25.7 MB]
Explaining the new Early Years Foundation Stage Changes to the Curriculm
New EYFS Info for Parents.pdf
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