Early years foundation stage (EYFS): regulatory changes

Closed 26 Jul 2023

Opened 31 May 2023


We’re seeking views on proposed changes to requirements in the early years foundation stage (EYFS).  

Why your views matter

The EYFS framework sets the standards early years providers must meet to ensure that children: 

  • learn 
  • develop well 
  • are kept healthy and safe 

We’re proposing changes to the EYFS framework to make it more practical for different types of EYFS providers. Our aims are to: 

  • offer providers more flexibility 
  • reduce known burdens 
  • enable practitioners to provide high-quality early education 
  • make it easier for practitioners to join the workforce and progress their careers 


  • Teachers
  • Headteachers
  • Early learning and childcare providers
  • Training providers
  • Local authorities
  • SENCOs
  • Parents
  • Unions and representative organisations


  • Early years foundation stage