Development Matters

Department of Education

Revised and published non-statutory guidance.

The Department for Education have today (20th July 2021) published a revised version of the non-statutory guidance 'Development Matters'.  The guidance, first published ahead of the Early Adopter implementation, has been revised to reflect feedback received from the Early Adopter schools (those that adopted the reforms to the EYFS over the 2020/21 academic year). 

It is noted that the changes to the content are minor and providers will not be required to change any planning already implemented based on the September 2020 version of the document.  There are no major changes to the curriculum guidance under the seven areas of learning.

Minor changes include:

  • Updated links, making minor tweaks to wording for clarification purposes;
  • Updates to the Introduction and Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning sections to ensure the wording is aligned with the aims of the reforms and reflects the most recent research and evidence;
  • Ensuring the document is accessible, inclusive, and easier to navigate which includes a new design, layout and colour coding.

You can find the revised version by clicking this link:



Published: 20th July 2021