The Department for Education has this afternoon confirmed that the new Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) will be rolled out nationally, coming into effect on September 1st of this year.
The changes introduce an increased focus on language and vocabulary development, and teaching numbers in maths, while aiming to reduce unnecessary paperwork for practitioners.
Schools Minister Nick Gibb said of the updates:
“It is vital that children do not miss out on building important vocabulary and reading skills in their early education, despite the challenges the pandemic has presented. Our early years reforms have already shown great results in pilots, and schools across the country are now set to benefit from strengthened teaching practice and improved standards of early education.”
The new EYFS statutory framework has been published HERE.
This is the final EYFS framework that all registered nurseries, childminders, schools and pre-schools in England will follow from September 1st this year. It is the result of several rounds of pilots and consultations, with over 3,000 schools taking part in an early adoption year.
The DfE has additionally confirmed that the Reception Baseline Assessment will be statutory for schools from September 2021. The new assessment will introduce a fairer system of accountability for schools, based on the educational progress their pupils make during their time at primary school.
That Nursery Life has a checklist of changes to the EYFS that you can use as a rough guide in terms of updating your practice.
We also have a video outlining 8 changes that we picked out among the dozens of tweaks and updates.
We will be publishing advice and updates throughout the year on how you can prepare your setting and your own personal practice to comply with all of the changes in the 2021 EYFS.