Early years foundation stage framework updates



September 2020

Revised version of Development Matters.

The new non-statutory guidance that supports the delivery of the new EYFS Framework, which early adopter schools can use from September 2020 onwards. The current version of the EYFS Framework is still available for all other non-early adopter schools and providers to continue to use. From September 2021 onwards, early years providers and schools will need to use the new version of the EYFS Framework.

Read the Development Matters guidance in full
Read the new EYFS Framework

24 April 2020

Early years foundation stage: coronavirus disapplications

To support early years providers who remain open to vulnerable children and children of critical workers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Government has temporarily disapplied and modified certain elements of the EYFS statutory framework.

This will allow providers greater flexibility to respond to changes in workforce availability and potential fluctuations in demand, while still providing care that is high quality and safe.

Read the full statutory guidance here.

October 2019

The Department for Education is proposing changes to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The government says the changes will improve outcomes for all children, but particularly the language and literacy outcomes for disadvantaged children and reduce teacher workload. The DfE is currently seeking responses to these proposed changes to the EYFS. The consultation opened on 24 October and will close on 31 January 2020. Anyone who has an interest in early years education and assessment can respond.

Read our comprehensive guides to the changes

Respond to the changes

3 March 2017

The Department for Education has published a revised version of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, which comes into effect on 3 April 2017. Both the old and new versions of the framework are available on the Gov.uk website.

Download a free summary of the key changes to the EYFS Framework, produced by the Alliance.