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EYFS Statutory Framework

EYFS Statutory Framework

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Published by: Ansari Nuzhat on May 13, 2013
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StatutoryFramework for the Early YearsFoundationStage
Setting the standards for learning, development andcare for children from birthto five
Introduction 2Section 1 - The learning and development requirements 4Section 2 - Assessment 10Section 3 - The safeguarding and welfare requirements 13
 This framework is mandatory for all early years providers (from 1 September 2012)
:maintained schools,non-maintained schools, independent schools, and all providers on theEarly Years Register
. The learning and development requirements are given legal force byan Order made under Section 39(1)(a) of the Childcare Act 2006. The safeguarding andwelfare requirements are given legal force by Regulations made under Section 39(1)(b) of theChildcare Act 2006.Ofsted has regard to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in carrying out inspections,and reports on the quality and standards of provision. Ofsted publishes inspection reports at
. Ofsted may issue a
notice to improve
(in respect of any failure to meet arequirement in the document), and/or may issue a
welfare requirements notice
(in respect of Section 3). It is an offence for a provider to fail to comply with a
welfare requirements notice
Section 46 of the Childcare Act 2006 enables the Secretary of State to confer exemptionsfrom the learning and development requirements in certain prescribed circumstances.
The Childcare (Exemptions from Registration) Order 2008 (S.I.2008/979) specifies thecircumstances in which providers are not required to register.
Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support thatenables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the earlyyears and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a majorimpact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood isimportant in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learningtogether provide the foundation children need to make the most of theirabilities and talents as they grow up.II. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all earlyyears providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well andare kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensurechildren’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledgeand skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress throughschool and life.III. The EYFS seeks to provide:
quality and consistency
in all early years settings, so that every childmakes good progress and no child gets left behind;
a secure foundation
through learning and development opportunitieswhich are planned around the needs and interests of each individual child andare assessed and reviewed regularly;
partnership working
between practitioners and with parents and/orcarers;
equality of opportunity
and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring thatevery child is included and supported.IV. The EYFS specifies requirements for learning and development and forsafeguarding children and promoting their welfare. The
learning anddevelopment requirements
areas of learning and development
which must shape activities andexperiences (
educational programmes)
for children in all early years settings;
early learning goals
that providers must help children work towards(the knowledge, skills and understanding children should have at the end of the academic year in which they turn five); and
for measuring progress (and requirementsfor reporting to parents and/or carers).

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