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Information for childcare professionals working in Kingston and Richmond

EYFS Reforms

The Department for Education has published the updated Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework for 2021 which applies from 1 September 2021. This framework is for all early years providers in England: maintained schools; non-maintained schools; independent schools (including free schools and academies); all providers on the Early Years Register; and all providers registered with an early years childminder agency (CMA).

Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage (applies from 1st September 2021) - opens a link

The principal changes to the EYFS from September 2021 are to the learning and development requirements and the inclusion of the Reception Baseline Assessment. Additionally there are some small changes to the safeguarding and welfare requirements. 

EYFS Reforms table of changes - opens a link

Get ready for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) changes in September 2021 with this guidance and practical support (from GOV.UK). These resources are for childminders, nursery leaders and pre-school practitioners.

Help for Early Years Providers - opens a link

The new Development Matters (September 2020) is a non-statutory curriculum guidance for the early years foundation stage that has been written for all early years practitioners, for childminders and staff in nurseries, nursery schools, and nursery and reception classes in school.

Development Matters - opens a link

Birth to 5 Matters provides comprehensive guidance which has been updated and can be used as non-statutory curriculum guidance for providers in the early years foundation stage. 

Birth to 5 matters - opens a link

Foundation Years has put together a helpful Vodcast on the EYFS reforms aimed at supporting Private, Voluntary and Independent settings (PVIs) and childminders with understanding the EYFS reforms and includes presentations from DfE, Dr Julian Grenier and Ofsted.

Foundation Years Vodcast on EYFS Reforms - opens a link

AfC Compliance Checklists can be completed to ensure providers are meeting all of the MUSTs within the EYFS Framework, this will help you to remain compliant with the new framework ready for September 2021: 

Group Settings - Opens a link

Childminders - Opens a link

Ofsted - The education inspection framework sets out how Ofsted inspects maintained schools, academies, non-association independent schools, further education and skills provision and registered early years settings in England.

Education Inspection Framework - Opens a link

Ofsted - Guidance on inspecting registered early years and childcare providers under the education inspection framework.

Early Years Inspection Handbook - Opens a link