Alliance responds to Early years foundation stage profile results: 2018 to 2019

At a national level 71.8% of children achieved a good level of development in 2018, an increase of 0.3 percentage points on 2018. The results are available here:

Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Early Years Alliance, said:

“It is undoubtedly positive that the majority of young children are progressing well by the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage. That said, the fact remains that nearly a third are still not achieving a ‘good level of development at the end of reception, and it is concerning to see that the progress that has been made over recent years is beginning to stall.

“All children, regardless of background, deserve the best possible start in life and government must recognise that adequate investment is crucial in supporting providers to make this possible.

“With a consultation on the future of the EYFS imminent, these results also demonstrate the importance of seeing a child’s development in the round, rather than focussing on a narrow set of formal skills. Many in the sector are rightly concerned that a broader, observation-based approach to the early years is falling out of favour, and being replaced with a focus on easy-to-measure skills, to the detriment of children’s early learning.

“Quality early education put the needs of the child at its centre. That means concentrating on how children actually develop, rather than risk harming development by obsessing over how best it can be tracked."


About the Alliance

  • The Early Years Alliance is the largest and most representative early years membership organisation in England. A registered educational charity, it also provides high-quality affordable childcare and education to support children and families in areas of deprivation throughout the country.
  • The Alliance represents 14,000 members and supports them to deliver care and learning to more than 800,000 families every year. We deliver family learning projects, offer information and advice, produce specialist publications, run acclaimed training programmes and campaign to influence early years policy and practice.
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