Early Years Foundation Stage reforms

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Closes 31 Jan 2020


This consultation seeks views on changes to the statutory framework for the early years foundation stage (EYFS). This includes proposed reforms to the learning and development and early years foundation stage profile (EYFSP) assessment requirements, as set out in the EYFS framework. In addition, it seeks views on an amendment to the safeguarding and welfare section of the framework.

This consultation follows the commitment from Government to improve the EYFSP, with the key objectives of improving outcomes for all children, particularly language and literacy outcomes for disadvantaged children, and reducing teacher workload. The scope of this consultation includes seeking views on proposed changes to the educational programme summaries under the seven areas of learning set out in the EYFS framework, the seventeen early learning goals (ELGs) which make up the end-point measure of children’s attainment at the end of reception year, and changes to the EYFSP assessment process, moderation approaches and the criteria used to score each child (emerging, expected, exceeding).

In drawing up these proposals we have engaged extensively with the sector and early years experts and have drawn on the evidence from the EYFSP pilot evaluation, published on 24 October 2019. We will continue to engage with the sector and other interested parties during the consultation period.

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