Print Friendly, PDF & Email

The new EYFS gives an opportunity for leaders, managers and practitioners to revisit systems, routines and everyday practice. Over the next few weeks we will be preparing for the countdown by posting top tips to help you think about your groundwork for September when the new EYFS Framework needs to be implemented. This week we consider planning and assessment, systems, the environment and existing resources.

1. Planning

If your current planning is informed by children’s current interests and enthusiasms and is underpinned by the themes, principles and commitments in the existing EYFS, then it is only likely to need some tweaking in September. You will need to change any references to the current six areas of learning and development to reflect new headings in the revised framework, but remember, current good and outstanding practice will remain good or outstanding in September.

Remember, there will be guidance to support you:

  • Remodelled ‘Development Matters’ material
  • A checklist highlighting the changes between the 2008 Framework and the revised 2012 version

2. Assessment

On-going formative assessment continues to be at the heart of effective early years practice. Practitioners’ observations inform their assessment of children, and this feeds into future planning to support learning and development. Summative assessment, at points throughout the EYFS supports information sharing with parents, colleagues and other settings (from September, assessment will be simpler, easier for parents to understand, less bureaucratic, and will provide teachers with a better picture of a child’s readiness for year 1)

Remember, there will be guidance to support you:

  • EYFS Profile guidance
  • Remodelled ‘Development Matters’ material
  • 2 year old progress check guidance

3. Continuous Provision

A stimulating learning environment, which offers high quality continuous provision is key to supporting children’s learning and development. Now could be a good time to ‘Spring Clean’ the learning provision, maintaining and developing areas which are well used by children and reflecting on those areas which seem to engage children less. Are there too many resources, or too few? Is the area of provision in the right place, or is it too noisy or too quiet? Do practitioners spend too much or too little time in the area?

Ongoing plans will include experiences and opportunities which enhance areas of provision.

4. Systems for children

Individual child profiles, learning journeys and ‘All about Me’ books will continue to be effective ways of celebrating children’s achievements and informing possible ways forward. Your current systems are likely to include sections for each of the six areas of learning and development. You may want to take a common sense approach to developing these documents to include the proposed three prime areas and four specific areas of learning and development. For example, the current section for Communication, Language and Literacy Development can have an added section for Communication and Language, for information about speaking and listening and information about children’s reading and writing included in the Literacy section. Systems for new children from September 2012 can include all seven proposed areas.

Remember, there will be guidance to support you:

  • Remodelled ‘Development Matters’ material
  • A checklist highlighting the changes between the 2008 Framework and the revised 2012 version

5. Revisit existing resources to support best practice

There is no central government funding to support implementation, but remember, many helpful tried and tested resources are still available on the Foundation Years website, including:

Learning, Playing and Interacting

Mark Making Matters – young children making meaning in all areas of learning and development

Social and Emotional Aspects of Development – guidance for practitioners

Every Child a Talker: Guidance for Consultants and Early Language Lead Practitioners, Third instalment

Young Children Thinking Mathematically – PSRN Essential Knowledge for Practitioners

16 Readers Commented

Join discussion
  1. Mrs Sharon Dymond-Muller on March 30, 2012
    When will the following be available? •Remodelled ‘Development Matters’ material •A checklist highlighting the changes between the 2008 Framework and the revised 2012 version
    • 4Children Early Years Team on April 2, 2012
      Hi Sharon - the material you request should now be available here:
    • 4Children Early Years Team on April 4, 2012
      Hi Sharon - these should now be available on the EYFS page.
  2. claire on April 15, 2012
    Hi, where can we find the Remodelled ‘Development Matters’ material •A checklist highlighting the changes between the 2008 Framework and the revised 2012 version?
    • 4Children Early Years Team on April 16, 2012
      Hi Claire - you can find that on the EYFS pag here: in the third box down.
  3. annette on April 18, 2012
    For anyone out there not impressed with the downloadable copy of new EYFS just read NDNA planning to produce proper, sturdy copy next month for very small charge.
    • Sarah Rowley on April 27, 2012
      Thank you Annette - that info is very helpful & docs will be needed for ease.
  4. Jane Kendal on May 10, 2012
    Has anyone seen the PLA version - is it sturdier than the NDN version?
  5. Lelly on May 14, 2012
    I am trying to run my childcare setting as paperless as I can. Is it ok for me to use downloaded versions of these new guidelines, or do I need paper copies?
    • Lorraine Brown on August 8, 2012
      West Sussex has put up some examples of the paperwork on their website :
  6. julie on July 5, 2012
    when will a individual profile format be ready to view?
  7. sal on July 8, 2012
    hi has anyone completed an All about me booklet to be filled in by parents they would like to share.
    • Margie on August 30, 2012
      If you follow the link Lorraine kindly posted you will find one there in either word or pdf (it is at the bottom of the page ... I nearly missed it!)
      • Margie on August 31, 2012
        Oops Sal ,,, I misread your question the one I referred to his for teachers use.
  8. Neil on September 1, 2012
    With their now being 3 prime areas, how should this be reflected in the planning? Should planned activities be now weighted towards these?
  9. Stebb on January 25, 2013
    I have got to write a new policy for the EYFS (Reception class) and I wondered if you could direct me to a good example which includes the changes to EYFS. Many thanks