Early Years Foundation Stage Government Consultation

Closed 17 Jun 2024

Opened 22 Apr 2024


We're seeking views on proposed changes to safeguarding requirements in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework.

Why your views matter

We are consulting on proposals to strengthen the EYFS safeguarding requirements and make them more comprehensive for early years providers.  This is to ensure that all children are kept as safe as possible in early years settings.

This consultation is open to the public and in particular we invite responses from anybody with an interest in childcare. This includes:

  • childminders
  • childminder agencies
  • early education and childcare providers
  • early years and childcare practitioners
  • nurseries, preschools and schools
  • parents and carers, and organisations representing them
  • charities
  • local authorities
  • early years and childcare sector organisations
  • Ofsted
  • colleges, universities and suppliers of qualifications


  • Teachers
  • Headteachers
  • Governors
  • School support staff
  • Early learning and childcare providers
  • Training providers
  • Local authorities
  • Adult education providers
  • Further education colleges
  • Sixth form colleges
  • Independent specialist colleges
  • Designated institutions and 16-19 academies
  • 16-18 year old students resident at these institutions
  • Designated safeguarding leads
  • Virtual school heads
  • SENCOs
  • Educational Psychologists
  • School business managers
  • Governing bodies and academy trusts
  • Bodies representing schools and local authorities
  • Faith bodies
  • Pupils
  • Young people
  • Parents
  • Foster carers
  • Adoptive parents
  • Employers
  • Community representatives
  • Volunteers
  • Social workers
  • Unions and representative organisations
  • Government bodies and departments
  • Those evaluating programmes for children in need
  • Those involved in underlying theoretical research on abuse and neglect, child development etc
  • Those researching children’s social care or education systems, with links to educational outcomes of Children in Need
  • Academies (including free schools), voluntary aided schools, voluntary controlled schools, foundation schools and community schools


  • Early learning and childcare
  • Early years foundation stage
  • Keeping children safe in education and other settings
  • Preventing neglect, abuse and exploitation