Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework reforms 2021

See information about the EYFS Statutory Framework to be used from 1 September 2021 below. 

This is the revised and final EYFS Framework that all registered nurseries, childminders, schools and pre-schools in England will follow from 1 September 2021. Access our 'Revised EYFS' live virtual classroom training here.

Early years settings, other than registered EYFS reforms early adopters (who must continue to follow the Early Adopter Framework) must continue to follow the current EYFS Framework until 1 September 2021, however the revised Framework is being made available for all settings now to help them prepare for the changes.

Preorder your printed copy of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework 2021 for delivery by the end of April 2021 here.

Read the 2021 EYFS Framework here and  Download (pdf) a summary of the EYFS Statutory Framework reforms 2021 here

  • The aim of the 2021 EYFS reforms is to strengthen early years curriculum, assessment and practice to improve outcomes for all children and close the gap for disadvantaged children.

    The public consultation (1 July 2020) states that the changes to the EYFS include:
    - A holistic curriculum that puts early language development at the heart;
    - A streamlined assessment process through a revised EYFS profile (EYFSP) and removing statutory local authority moderation, which aims to reduce unnecessary workload and cement the EYFSP as a tool that is designed to support children’s transition to year 1;
    - A new requirement to promote good oral health.
    Download (pdf) a summary of the EYFS Statutory Framework reforms 2021 here

  • To support the sector in preparing to implement the reforms, the Department for Education (DfE) is providing supporting materials, including vodcasts for school leadership and practitioners, and a new online support package for PVIs and childminders, as well as revising the EYFSP Handbook.

    Already available support includes a new non statutory curriculum guidance, Development Matters, published on 3 September 2020. It provides a top-level view of how children develop and learn and guides but does not replace, professional judgement. The department will consider making refinements ahead of statutory roll out of the reforms after early adopter feedback.

  • DfE published the draft statutory instrument and draft new EYFS framework for comment until 18 March 2021.

    DfE sought views on minor changes to the safeguarding and welfare section of the revised EYFS statutory framework. These changes were not included as part of the full public consultation launched in October 2019, as they constitute minor updates to clarify common questions on existing policy or to reflect updates in the law since the last revision of the EYFS was published in 2017. A number of responses were received and considered carefully before finalising the framework.

    The new EYFS Framework includes statutory guidance for the administration of the Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA), set out in Annex B. The RBA is a short assessment, taken in the first six weeks in which a child starts reception. The assessment will take place within the reception year and is, therefore, included within the overall EYFS statutory framework. While the statutory requirements for administering the RBA and undertaking the EYFSP are set out within the same framework, they are not related and they serve different purposes. The Standards and Testing Agency will provide further information about the RBA in the 2021/22 academic year in due course.

  • Birth to 5 Matters is guidance produced by the sector, for the sector, to support the introduction of the revised Early Years Foundation Stage in England in 2021. It is non-statutory guidance which practitioners may use to support their implementation of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage which sets out the legal requirements for delivering education for children from birth to 5 in England.

    Read more about Birth to 5 Matters here

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