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 Early years foundation stage (EYFS) statutory framework - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

The DfE have published two new vodcasts - Essential viewing

Foundation Years

Headteachers and senior leadership in schools

There is a vodcast for schools aimed at headtechers, senior leadership and governors in schools and gives essential messages from the DfE and Ofsted as well as additional case study information from Early Adopter schools.

Foundation Years vodcast: Understanding the revised EYFS - headteachers & senior leadership

PVIs and Childminders

There is a separate vodcast for Private, Voluntary and Independent settings and childminders. This contains essential information for the sector about the reforms. 

Foundation Years vodcast: Understanding the revised EYFS - PVIs & childminders 

Start Well strongly recommend that you view the vodcasts as an essential starting point to plan for implementation of the EYFS reforms through Summer and into the new academic year.

We will be holding a series of events to follow up these key messages and support colleagues in Bolton.

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.