Friday, 30 March 2012

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Update

Revised EYFS Statutory Framework March 2012

Easter reading!

The EYFS Statutory Framework was published on 27th March 2012 and takes effect from September 2012.

Further to the additional month long consultation during December 2011/January 2012 there have been no significant changes to the draft published last July and consulted upon over the summer break 2011.

This new framework, designed to lighten the bureaucratic load, is described as ‘a lighter touch regulatory regime.

It is certainly much shorter and it is also a relatively short time frame – 5 months from publishing – before schools need to comply with the new framework. 

Key differences from current EYFS Framework (2008) which remains in force until 31st August 2012 are:

  • 7 areas of learning:
    • 3 prime
      • communication & language
      • physical development
      • personal, social & emotional  development
    • 4 specific
      • literacy
      • mathematics
      • understanding the world
      • expressive arts and design.
  • 17 ELGs (reduced from 69)
  • The idea of school readiness
  • A first assessment point for all children between 24 and 36 months using the prime areas of learning to identify children who may struggle at KS1
  • a gradual increase of adult led activities so that children are ready to take full advantage of what is offered at KS1 ‘more formal learning, ready for year 1’.

The questions our schools raised during the consultations were frequently around judgements on attainment and progress.
In this new document there is no indication of any scoring for the Early Learning Goals and the subsidiary guidance for inspectors that was issued in January shows a move towards using the age bands in months from birth to five to make these judgements. The descriptors for categories of emerging and exceeding the expected ELG, that were introduced in the draft, are no longer included – just the ELGs themselves – page 7. But use of the language expected, emerging and exceeding is still included 2.7 – page 11.

‘Guidance will be developed to support teacher judgements for the EYFSP. The development chart from birth to five will also help practitioners to make judgements about level of progress of children, particularly those they judge to be at the ‘emerging’ level.’ From the response to the consultation December 2011

Similarly, for the exceeding category ‘the framework will indicate the development in this band should be judged with reference to programmes of study in Year 1 of the National Curriculum and potentially beyond for some children.’

The National Children’s Bureau have been asked to provide support for EYFS practitioners who carry out the progress check at age two.

Guidance about the Early Years Foundation Stage profile (eProfile) from the DfE website:

  • The eProfile provides an electronic means of building a record of assessment outcomes throughout the Reception year, to support the making of final judgements for EYFS profile.
  • The revised EYFS framework and EYFS Profile statutory assessment will be in place from 1 September 2012. As the statutory assessment process will differ significantly from that currently in place, the Department will not commission further development of and support for the eProfile data collection tool beyond this date.
  • Existing users should continue to use eProfile for the current cohort. Data entered for the current and previous cohorts will remain accessible within the software after September 2012.

On May 16th, Cathy Nutbrown will be talking at a Westminster Education Forum Keynote Seminar:

The next steps for Early Years and childcare provision in England - funding, curriculum and the workforce.

We will report back from that Forum.

If you have any questions about EdisonLearning's work with Early Years Foundation Stage, please contact us on 01376 562953.

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