The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, pre-schools, nurseries and school reception classes.

The EYFS framework supports an integrated approach to early learning and care. It gives all professionals a set of common principles and commitments to deliver quality early education and childcare experiences to all children.

This page includes some of the previous iterations of the statutory framework and supporting materials for archive reference only. 

Current EYFS statutory framework

EYFS reforms 2020

EYFS framework 2014

EYFS Framework 2014 – effective from 1 September 2014

Following the Government’s response to the consultation on ‘The Regulation of Childcare’ published in February 2014, the EYFS statutory framework was updated and came in to effect in September 2014.

The revisions reflect changes which apply to Section 3 on Safeguarding and Welfare. There were no changes to the areas of learning and development, including the early learning goals.

Learn about changes for out of school childcare providers in the General Childcare Register from September 2014 and the importance of building quality for children and parents here.

Quick reference guide to the changes – EYFS framework 2014

EYFS framework 2012

EYFS Framework 2012 – effective until 1 September 2014

In April 2012, a revised EYFS Framework was issued by government based on the recommendations of Dame Claire Tickell’s review, The Early Years: Foundations for Life, Health and Learning.

The revised EYFS emphasises the need for professionals to:

  • Spend more time interacting with children to promote creative and critical thinking skills and early language and communication
  • Encourage dads and mums to become more involved in their child’s development and to give ideas as to how they can support this development at home
  • Identify as early as possible any additional needs a child may have and strengthen links with colleagues, such as health visitors, who can support these needs
  • Share with parents a summary of their child’s progress between 2 and 3 years of age
  • Refocus the learning and development of the youngest children in the foundation years
  • To make a judgement at the end of the reception year on how children learn, informed by the characteristics of learning
  • To adhere to a clearer set of requirements to keep children safe.

Quick reference guide to the changes – EYFS Framework 2012
This document contains all the changes that apply to the 2012 Framework from the EYFS Framework 2008.

EYFS framework 2008

The original statutory framework and supporting materials such as: Practice Guidance, EYFS wall posters, Principles into Practice cards.