The New EYFS Framework

At the beginning of September 2021 the government launched the new EYFS Framework which provides up to date guidance and regulation for early years professionals in England. The announcement of changes to guidance can sometimes make one’s heart sink and internally say ‘not another set of changes’. However, at The Children’s Room, we feel very positive about the changes to the framework. It represents a shift in emphasis from demanding levels of granular documentation of the progress of children, to a deeper understanding of every unique child’s progress and each practitioners true understanding of early years development.

With this in mind, we thought it would be helpful to share with parents the headlines in relation to the changes. There are four core principles to the new EYFS framework[1]:

  • The Unique Child: every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured
  • Positive Relationships: children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
  • Enabling Environments: children learn and develop well in enabling environments with teaching and support from adults, who respond to their individual interests and needs and help them to build their learning over time. Children benefit from a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.
  • Learning and Development: the importance of learning and development and the acknowledgement that children develop and learn at different rates.

The framework used to observe and assess children’s development is still broken down into the seven areas of learning:

The prime areas: physical development, language and communication and social and emotional development

Then building on these the secondary areas: mathematics, literacy, understanding the world and expressive arts and design

Our intention at The Children’s Room is to build an educational ethos and curriculum that leans heavily on these principles and of course the EYFS areas of learning. It will have a significant impact on how we observe, assess and plan for each individual child as well as how we communicate and work with parents.

We will be sharing more of our thoughts with you on how we are embedding these principles into all areas of our practice over the next few months.

Alongside these key areas of focus it is worth mentioning that there are some regulatory changes. Noticeably, there is a new requirement to provide support and education for children regarding dental health and hygiene. We are excited about this challenge and will be updating you s

[1] EYFS Framework, March 2021