EYFS Reforms

Department for Education support for EYFS Reforms

The Department for Education (DfE) have confirmed that the reforms to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) will be rolled out nationally from September 2021.

Overview of changes to the Early Years Foundation Stage

This is the DfE summary of the key changes to the EYFS and the timescale for change. The main reasons for change are to enable the following:​

  • improve outcomes at age 5, particularly in early language and literacy​
  • reduce workload such as unnecessary paperwork, so practitioners can spend more time with the children in their care

Gov.uk - changes to the early years foundation stage EYFS framework.

New EYFS framework published

The new EYFS statutory framework Early years foundation stage (EYFS) statutory framework - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) has been published, this is the revised and final EYFS framework that all registered nurseries, childminders, schools and pre-schools in England will follow from 1 September 2021.

There are also a number of small amendments to section 3 safety and welfare to make existing requirements clearer and to provide updates. A summary of these amendments and why they have been made can be found here Reforms Table of Changes.

New EYFS Reforms - Help for early years providers

As mentioned in the Start Well EYFS Reforms briefings the Government have added lots of new online resources, advice and guidance documents for early years providers to access to help improve practice in the early years. 

The extensive range of resources cover the following:

Areas of learning

  • Communication and language;
  • Personal, social and emotional development;
  • Mathematics;
  • Expressive arts and design;
  • Physical development; 
  • Literacy; and 
  • Understanding the world.

Get help to improve your practice

  • Overview;
  • Curriculum planning;
  • Reducing paperwork;
  • Oral health; and
  • Working in partnership with parents and carers.

Click here to find this great source of information, guidance and practical support for delivering the early years foundations stage (EYFS) framework. 

Bolton Start Well Support for EYFS Reforms​

Bolton Start Well will provide a range of follow up activity to support the DfE resources, (Bolton Start Well courses) to facilitate discussion and provide support to all providers to begin to implement the reforms. We are keen to hear from you what would be helpful. Please send your suggestions and questions to startwellbookings@bolton.gov.uk

A key message - this is not a “new start” from September 2021.  

There is a lot of excellent practice already in place and evaluating what works to help children achieve well and narrow the gap should be our starting point.  

Bolton Early Adopter Schools have been working with the revised framework since September and want to share their experiences with the wider sector.